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2016, February 2.  Popular Fruits of the Philippines

Litho Offset, Perum Peruri (Indonesia)  Perf 12  (Harrow Perforator)

Singles, Sheets of  100





12p  Tamarind Orange (Citrus nobilis)  Dalanghita - Singles  (750,000) 

13p  Star Fruit (Averrhoa carambola)  Balimbing  - Singles  (250,000)

15p  Star Apple (Chrysophyllum cainito)  Caimito - Singles  (1,250,000)

35p  Sweet Tamarind (Pithecelloblum dulce)  Kamatsile  - Singles  (1,750,000)



First Day Covers:  Manila





Popular Fruits of the Philippines

Tangerine Orange (Citrus nobilis) locally known as Dalanghita.  Fruits with a loose skin and leathery pericarp, with a sweet pulp that is only fairly juicy. Green fruit turns to yellow, greenish yellow or orange. Of many varieties, the large ones attain a size of about 10 centimeters in diameter and about 9 centimeters thick. Pulp is sweet and only fairly juicy.  Widely scattered in large scale cultivation in the Batangas Province in Luzon.

Star Fruit (Averrhoa carambola) locally known as Balimbing.  Fruit is fleshy, green to greenish yellow, about 6 centimeters long, with 5 longitudinal, sharp and angular lobes. Seeds are arillate.  Cultivated and semi-cultivated in areas throughout the Philippines.  When slized horizontally produces star-shaped fruit cut outs.

Star Apple (Chrysophyllum cainito) locally known as Caimito.    Fruit has a star like design when it is sliced, hence commonly called Star Apple. It has a soft, extremely sweet flesh that is delicious when cold.  They taste best when picked ripe from the tree, they donít keep too well nor travel without bruising.

Sweet Tamarind (Pithecellobium dulce) locally known as Kamatsile.  Referred to as Manila tamarind because of the sweet-sour tamarind-like taste .  It is a tree that reaches a height of about 10 to 15 m (33 to 49 ft). The flowers produce a pod, which turns pink when ripe and opens to expose an edible pulp. The pulp contains black shiny seeds that are circular and flat.  The seed pods contain a sweet and sour pulp that which is eaten raw or as an accompaniment to various meat dishes.  The seeds are also edible and refined to extract oil.





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