Lanzones Fruit from The Philippines
The Lanzones fruit from The Philippines is seasonal, and usually only found in the southern islands. It grows and is sold in bunches that resemble grapes, but the Lanzones fruit is about twice the size.
What do lanzones taste like?
The yellowish skin is easy to peel, revealing a near translucent, segmented flesh underneath. The lanzones taste is almost akin to that of a grapefruit, though slightly less bitter, and not overflowing with juice.
Inside some of the Lanzones segments are dark seeds. I’ve eaten a few with no ill effects as they are soft, but they are very bitter. The lanzones fruit itself is very refreshing, and not heavy at all. The only ill effect is that they can leave your fingers quite sticky. But unlike other fruit, not to the extent to stain your clothes.
The best place to find lanzones fruit
The Lanzones fruit is celebrated on the southern island of Camiguin. Where once a year, they celebrate its harvest with the Lanzones festival. Usually around October. Be aware that due to over harvesting the festival now only uses real lanzones once ever two years. 2013 is the next year when fruit will be harvested for the festival.
Check out my travel story on Miss Camigiuin Island for more details on the Lanzones Festival. Or for up to date information on do read Camiguin island tourism information, ferry schedule & how to get there
Around central and southern Philippines Lanzones fruit can be found easily. Aside from October, the fruit also has a season in March / April where prices are as low as 20 peso a half kilo.Or, out in the country it’s nearly free!
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