Saturday, July 22, 2017

Serve fruits whole and fresh - there's nothing like it.

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog

Mangosteen. Just demonstrate how to crack the fruit
and pick the soft flesh with the finger.
  Watermelon or pakwan. Serve liberally with style. Bite to the 
rind and spit seeds.   
 Camito or star apple.  Cut cross wise to show how the fruit
 got its name. Scoop with spoon.
Banana, Serve whole "palm".  It's thrilling to pick one of 
your choice, peel, eat, then pick another.    
Sineguelas. A little salt at the corner of the plate is an option. 
Duhat. Just serve the very ripe. Others add salt over the fruit, 
cover it with another plate and shake, then serve. 
 Buko. "Don't accept if seal is broken." That is, the nut must be intact.
 Punch two holes on the soft flesh with straw, one for air to enter as 
you draw in the fresh coco water.  Split empty nut, scoop the flesh 
with spoon and eat it directly sans plate.  
Guava is best when picked from the tree before it is fully
 ripe.  Otherwise the fruit will simply drop to the ground, 
or a bat comes and harvest it in the night.  Green guava 
if not mature will simply go to waste.
Fresh sugarcane cane juice is extracted with a mechanical juicer in a fruit juice stand. While waiting for your order, you can see the process. Don't settle for bottled cane juice; it ferments easily, and it's not good to the stomach. There is no substitute to chewing the cane; it's also good for the teeth and gums.     
 Fresh fruits are packed and chilled for convenience. Here watermelon is cut into desired sizes, packed in plastic and chilled overnight. Carrot sticks, sliced papaya, pineapple chunks, scooped buko, among other fruits, are sold this way in fruit stands in malls and supermarkets. 
Atis (Anona squamosa) The crack widens, the color becomes 
light green. Press and open the fruit, eat with the fingers, 
and spit the seeds like a blowgun.  To kids this is fun.  

Goodbye to kamachili (Pithecolobium dulce). Although it is 
not commercially sold, it is very popular to children on the 
farm and pasture. It's good for diabetic persons. 
Tiesa (Lucuma nervosa) bears plenty of these bright 
colored fruits which drop to the ground when fully 
ripe. Its fruiting season is summer. 
 Dragon fruit.  Slice lengthwise into six or eight pieces. 
Eat with the fingers, peeling it in the process.  
Local and imported fruits

Other fruits grown on the backyard, and in orchards 
  1. Mango
  2. Guyabano
  3. Macopa
  4. Dalandan
  5. Nangka
  6. Avocado
  7. Sampalok
  8. Papaya, solo variety
  9. Balimbing
  10. Strawberry
And many other fruits. Why don't you add to the list?

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