Lanzones, LANGSAT


What a treat to be vacationing in the Philippines during May! The markets are teeming with summer fruit, among them the lanzones.

These are available in the frozen fruits sections of select Asian stores in my neck of the woods (San Francisco Bay Area).  I have never purchased them, preferring to wait until I could savor them fresh, little ants crawling around their stems, because the fruit is oh-so-sweet.

KODAK Digital Still Camera
Lanzones at a roadside stand along the road to Morong, Bataan.

Nature presents the jelly-like sections of lanzones with a wrapping that is a delicate yellow, with tinges of grayish-black, akin to the must of grapes as they ripen on the vine.

A native of Southeast Asia, it is called langsat in both Indonesia and Malaysia. I like to think that the fruit is indigenous to our islands; if not, it’s highly probable that Indonesian and Malay settlers brought it…

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