5 Must Try Fruits in the Philippines

Philippines is known not only for its crystal clear blue waters and beautiful beaches but it also has vast land for agricultural exchanges. What’s good about this is the promotion of healthy eats among its citizens and people from other country to try the local Filipino fruits. Yes, other fruits share the same kind from other countries and others might can give you a list of their own harvested fruits but Philippines also have a share of list that you should try out.

Don’t be fooled by some of the shapes and physical appearances of fruits in the Philippines. Even the smell of those will give you an impression that may be the taste is terrible. Just have a taste of it and you can comment from there.

1. Rambutan

Rambutan is a red hairy-like fruit. Although this is a Malay-Indonesian native fruit but this is really famous in the Philippines. People buy it when it is harvesting time and it is also affordable. The taste is very sweet yet there are also some that taste sour if you are unfortunate enough to pick those that have not yet ripened well.

They have some characteristics that are same with Lychee and Longan if you've heard from these kinds of fruits. Try to search it and the fruits really look the same. Compare it inside not at the outside. Some variety of Rambutan is watery that when you try to open it, the juice comes out. It tastes really sweet!

2. Philippine Mangoes

Another sweet fruit that you should try. A lot of land owners in the Philippines would plant Philippine Mangoes since it is one of the top most bought fruit. Nothing can beat the size, the fullness, and the taste of Philippine Mangoes. This I am sure of. They also have different varieties such as the sweet Elena and Guimaras mangoes which are well known.

It is better to buy them at public markets than in supermarkets displayed in big malls. It is way cheaper and, I don’t know about you guys but fruits displayed in public markets are way sweeter and tastes good.

3. Lanzones

These fruits are shaped and clustered like grapes but the difference is the color and taste. Lanzones are colored yellow with black patches on it. The taste is sweet mixed with sour. There are seeds inside so try to avoid that because it taste bitter. If not familiar with the appearance of the fruit when it’s ripe, just ask the person selling it or for a tip, some would allow you to taste one piece of their lanzones, then you can choose it by kilo.

If one stall sells sour lanzones then probably, all of those displayed are. It is better that you don’t buy it, try another seller. Don’t worry skipping from one to another, there are lots of sellers out there especially when you are at fruit markets.

4. Durian

This is more available in Davao. It is located in Mindanao in the Philippines. It is a great contribution of fruits export from Southeast Asia. It is covered with thorns and the outer shell is hard! It would be hard to carry the fruit by hand because aside from the thorns that surround the fruits covering, it is also a heavy one. If you’re planning to buy two make sure to have enough plastic or net bag I should say.

One thing that is also unique about Durian is its pungent odor. It smells so bad that you want to throw it away but on second thought, you just have to try it. The smell is different from its taste. It will save the bad impression.

5. Mangosteen

This fruits is naturally born in Southeast Asia and in the Philippines, it has been known to cure some ailments and recover some patients with health complaints. It is still undergoing research studies for the true result. It has been displayed in businesses in the Philippines through juices, vitamins, and other cure.

The fruit alone is sweet, peachy, and full of flesh. But before you can enjoy the taste of it, you will have to crack the hard shell or open it by knife.


These are some of the tasty, unique fruits found in the Philippines. Blessed by its tropical life, fruits listed above are not that hard to find year round. Although they have their seasoned months that can produce more compared to other months, they are still present all year round. The prices would just vary and it will shoot up high if they aren't harvested in their seasoned months.


Shenna is a registered nurse in the Philippines. She's on her early 20's and have been travelling. She writes articles about travel to share her opinions, experiences, and likes and dislikes about the places that she has been to. She has been working as a freelancer writing articles from USA employers and in other countries. She has been to different places in the Philippines. Her Goal is to travel outside especially in Europe and in USA.