Great food from the Philippines: Fruit Salad

by Dave from The Longest Way Home ~ December 3rd, 2009. Updated on May 30th, 2012. Published in: Travel blog » Food around the world » Filipino food.
Fruit salad from Del Monte

Fruit salad from Del Monte

Fruit Salad from The Philippines

It might seem a little strange to include a fruit  salad and call it great food. But, in every country there is a selection of fruit, and each fruit salad is a little different. The Philippines has a fairly wide variety of fruits available, yet the fruit salad has a fairly set selection.

Watermelon, mango, pineapple and banana. That’s the basic. Then, just to make in Filippino, small chunks of hard jelly cubes are added. Red, green, or clear in color; these cubes add a little bite to the salad. There’s nearly always a dribble of condensed milk over the top too.

There is another type of fruit salad in the Philippines too. This one is just called Salad. It’s got pasta and coconut mixed into it.  And again, lots of jelly cubes. Not my favorite – pasta in a fruit salad??!

I keep thinking that in a land of great fruit variety it would be nice to see more fruit in a typical bowl.

Fruit salad is usually found in restaurants and homes. And can get expensive – 60 pesos.

This is an additional post and one of a series highlighting Filipino food

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4 Great responses to Great food from the Philippines: Fruit Salad

  1. flip says:


    that’s weird, we dont usually add pasta in our fruit salad…

    your post made me hungry…

    happy holidays!!!

    • -flip- Hey Flip, hmmm. Maybe it differs per region. The first time I saw Pinoy fruit salad it had those angular pasta tubes in it, and I really wasn’t so sure what to make of it. Then at a wedding the same. So I thought it was the same all over. It might mean some more food tasting!!

  2. dia says:

    The jelly cubes are called “nata de coco”. It’s actually but is fermented coconut milk w/ carrageenan. Nata de coco means cream of coconut in spanish. :)