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2016, June 23.  Popular Fruits of the Philippines

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf 13.5

Singles, Sheets of  100





   1p  Egg Fruit (Pouteria campechiana) Chesa - Singles  (300,000)

   5p  Philippine Wild Berry (Rollinia deliciosa) Sapinit - Singles  (500,000)

12p  Grapes (Vitis vinifera) - Singles - (500,000)

17p  Calamansi (Citrofortunella mitis) - Singles - (500,000)



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Popular Fruits of the Philippines

EGG FRUIT (Pouteria camphechiana).  The Canistel or Egg Fruit is quite a common fruit in the Philippines where many other fruits of South American origin can also be found, no doubt introduced by the Spanish in the old days.  In the Philippines it is called Tiessa or Tisa or Chesa.   The canistel grows up to 10 meters (33 ft) high, and produces orange-yellow fruit, also called yellow sapote, up to 7 centimeters (2.8 in) long, which are edible raw. Canistel flesh is sweet, with a texture often compared to that of a hard-boiled egg yolk, hence its colloquial name "eggfruit".

SAPINIT: PHILIPPINE WILD RASPBERRY.  Sapinit is a shrub that has prickly stem, thereby identifying it with the rose family and making it a raspberry rather than a strawberry.  Its fruit has bright red-orange color that accounts for its phytochemical richness. It has sweet-sour-bitter taste that makes for its uniqueness.   Sapinit has many health benefits.  According to a phytochemical analysis done by the Industrial Technology Development Institute and the University of the Philippines Los Banos-Biotech, Sapinit is rich in anti-cancer phytochemicals including leucoanthocyanins, anthraquinones, saponins, deoxysugars, free fatty acids, hydrolysable tannins (inhibitors of HIV duplication), unsaturated steroids, and benzopyrone nucleus.  An important function of anthraquinones is it inhibits formation of Tau aggregates and dissolved paired helical filaments thought to be critical to the development of Alzheimerís disease.

GRAPES (Vinis Vinifera).  Grapes can be grown in the Philippines. This has been proven in Arevalo, Iloilo, La Union and Cebu (where they have been growing grapes since 1950). There are many known varieties.  Grapes like loose, deep soil with a ph lower than 5, so the application of lime helps. It is also good to put decomposed leaves around the plant to conserve the soil moisture. Grapes like terrain that is somewhat sloping so as not to lodge water and hurt the roots.  Grapes need plenty of sunshine (not shade) and good circulation of air to avoid the onset of disease. Within ten (10) to 12 months after planting, grapes are ready for harvest.

CALAMANSI (Citrofortunelia mitis).  Calamansi (spelled kalamansi in native Tagalog) is a small, very round citrus fruit thatís ubiquitous in the Philippines. The fruits are often used when the thin rind is still green on the outside, and that is the color associated with it.  Kalamansi is a smooth and slightly spiny plant, growing to a height of 3 to 5 meters. Leaflets are elliptic to oblong-elliptic, 4 to 8 centimeters long. Petioles are very narrowly or scarcely winged, about 1 centimeter long.  Fruit is yellow when ripe. The skin or peel is green to yellowish green or yellow, loosely adhering to the flesh. The flesh contains a few light orange seeds.





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