The Santol fruit from The Philippines
The Santol fruit is about the size of a small grapefruit, but looks like a round pear. Once inside there are 4 -6 stones (hard seeds) that are covered by a soft white flesh.
The fruit needs to be peeled. The harder flesh outside of the inner flesh is quite bitter. And, Filipinos like to eat it with salt. While the inner soft flesh around the stones is quite sweet.
The inner flesh has quite a unique taste. Almost like rose hip or something very flowery. I enjoyed this fruit, though found it frustrating as the flesh is hard to remove from the stone, so I treated it like a boiled sweet. It did leave a bit of an after taste though. But worth trying!
Santol is usually available in late summer to early autumn – July to October.
This post is one of a series featuring Filipino food
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