Food from the Philippines: Mangoes of the Philippines!

Big diced mango from The Philippines
Big diced sweet mango from The Philippines

Mangoes of The Philippines

There are many different kinds of Mangoes available in the Philippines and all over the world. On the streets they are usually found chopped into little slices and sold in clear plastic bags. They may not be what you expect though. Sweet or sour in the main difference and it’s important to know which is which!

The bitter Mango

A Carabao and regular mango from the Philippines
A Carabao and regular mango from the Philippines

Filipino’s really like a contrast of bitter, sour, salty and sweet flavors. The slices for sale on the streets are often Pajo Mangoes which our quite bitter/sour and hard.

They come with a dipping sauce, or just plan salt. Yes, salt and mangoes are a big favorite in the Philippines.

Pictured to the right is a large green Mango. Relatively inexpensive it’s crunchy and not so sweet.

Carabao Sweet Mango or Honey Mango

While to the forefront and in the main photograph above is a regular yellow mango also known as a carabao / Manila Mango or honey mango which is very sweet and juicy.

Cost of Mangos in The Philippines

Bargain basket of mangos
Bargain basket of mangos

Mangoes can be found for as little as 5 peso to 15 pesos each. Many overripe mangos can be found in a discount for less.

Mostly however Mangoes in The Philippines are sold by kilo and prices are displayed in writing. Always ask if it’s sweet, ripe and to ready to eat. Vendors are quite happy to tell you.

Don’t forget as a tourist if there’s nothing too ripe and you want to eat one immediately you’ll often find a discount box with yesterdays fruit in it. Here the mangoes are on the verge of becoming over ripe. But for immediate mango eating satisfaction it’s where I head to first!

This additional post is one of a series featuring Filipino food

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9 Replies to “Food from the Philippines: Mangoes of the Philippines!”

  1. for me, mangoe is the king of fruits. love eating them.dont find much variety here in deleware

  2. Great blog. Informative and some lovely shots. I teach on a few Photography Holidays around the world and I’ll definitely be recommending this blog to my students who are always asking me about good photography websites!

  3. The mangoes are usually sold green because it’s supposed to be eaten while it’s not yet ripe :) It’s supposed to be sour and crunchy and the salt is intended to remove the tanginess (putting salt in fruits is a very Asian thing).

    Try having the green mangoes with Bagoong (which is shrimp paste), there are two variants – spicy or sweet.

    1. -dia- Yes i know about the salt thing but it doesnt do it for me. I like sweet mango. And I really dont like shrimp paste :(

      Thanks for sharing you insight here, is much appreciated!

  4. The mango is the national fruit of the Philippines and we claim that we have the best-tasting mango ever. The Philippine carabao mango exceeds the others in aroma, taste and sweetness. Eating this mango while in peak season (when sweetness is at its prime) can get you hooked but, hey, watch your blood sugar!

    At peak season, one can buy mangoes in Manila at 50 pesos per kilo (52 cents per pound).

    The mango is believed to have originated from India (we have a local variety called the Indian mango). Variants of this mango produced the carabao mango, apple mango (due to its pinkish apple-like pinkish color, pictured in background), and paho (small, juicy and sweet).

    In the U.S., one can find boxes and boxes of mangoes labeled Manila Mango which come from Mexico. They are smaller, far different from the ones that originate in the Philippines, and fibrous. They sell cheap though.

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