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Marang

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a spiny tropical fruit found in Southereast Asia, similar to the Jackfruit and the Durian, it doesn’t carry as strong a scent with a creamy flesh that carries a light sweetness.

It is suggested to eat the fruit quickly once opened, the fruit loses flavor upon oxidation.

It is suggested to eat the fruit quickly once opened, the fruit loses flavor upon oxidation.

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Written by Paulo Loreto

August 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Posted in Food, Fruit, Philippines, Travel

Turon

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A popular Filipino street food comprised of sliced banana and brown sugar, all wrapped in a spring roll wrapper, and fried.

This differs from turrón, the Valencian nougat snack that shares a similar name.

Many vendors sell turon alongside bananacue.

Many vendors sell turon alongside bananacue.

Written by Paulo Loreto

May 21, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Posted in Food, Fruit, Philippines, Travel

Buko Shake

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A popular treat that can be found throughout the Philippines — everywhere from a mall kiosk to a street corner — buko, or young coconut, provides health benefits, refreshment for a warm day, and is an inexpensive treat.

Combining buko, ice, condensed milk, and a bit of simple syrup, it’s both a delicious and addictive cold delight. Plus, prices usually range between ₱30 and ₱50 (depending on size), that puts you back about 72¢ and $1.21 – the large size is typically one liter.

While the buko flavor is already so tasty, some kiosks offer flavor boosts for your shake.

While the buko flavor is already so tasty, some kiosks offer flavor boosts for your shake.

Besides the taste, coconut is also said to be high in potassium and antioxidants.

Written by Paulo Loreto

April 17, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Posted in Buko, Food, Fruit, Philippines, Travel

Mangosteen

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Prominent in tropical countries, particularly in Southeast Asia, the inedible purple rind reveals a sweet white inside that is enjoyed sporadically throughout the year.

There is a great amount of medicinal use with the mangosteen. According to WebMD: “Mangosteen is used for diarrhea, urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, thrush, tuberculosis, menstrual disorders, cancer, osteoarthritis, and an intestinal infection called dysentery. It is also used for stimulating the immune system and improving mental health.”

Mangosteen are banned from importation to the continental United States.

Mangosteen are banned from importation to the continental United States.

Written by Paulo Loreto

February 27, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Posted in Food, Fruit, Philippines, Travel