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posted by Señor Enrique at 8:44 AM


Blogger JayAshKal said...

Wow the colours, I can almost smell them. I am still cravingfor lanzones, caimito and duhat!

I just posted our colour of spring downunder.


September 11, 2008 10:12 AM  

Blogger EM said...

OMG! I never thought i could ever miss atis, langka, saba and santol. My goodness.. i used to just ignore them. Now, I would gladly exchange all my apples, grapes, blueberries and strawberries for a santol!

ay, yay, cravings... tulo na laway ko. hehe

thanks for activating my saliva glands in the middle of the night. :)

September 11, 2008 11:11 AM  

Blogger Wil said...

Those are all great, but where's the mangos? Not in season? :-D

September 11, 2008 12:12 PM  

Blogger ka tony said...


You made my panga na sumakit at tumulo ang aking laway!

We visited Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Thailand couple of years ago & there we're able to savor once again the Pilipino fruits we have been missing, plus Durian! They also have kasoy, which I care more for the fruit than the nut! Thais are very creative they used the juice as cocktail mix.

Talking to these orchard, fruit owners producers, preservers & exporters... most of them studied & graduated in the Philippines, specially University of Manila!!!

Great pix Eric,
ka tony

September 11, 2008 12:17 PM  

Blogger Sidney said...

Eric, it looks like you can start an import/export business with EM.

We are lucky to have all those fruits here in Manila!

September 11, 2008 12:53 PM  

Anonymous marites1034 said...

wow that's so good! beautiful colors of fruits!

September 11, 2008 1:32 PM  

Anonymous Marc said...

An indication that Christmas is getting near. Thanks for the last comment, it really makes me to decide much easier. Hehe! Have a good day Señor!

September 11, 2008 2:20 PM  

Blogger pusa said...

nice pictures, yeah i've noticed fruits in bloom lately :) and i thought it only happens during summer and christmas time

btw i have an award for you in my blog

September 11, 2008 11:02 PM  

Blogger the donG said...

wow! marami na nga. kararating lang ng nanay ko from bangkok at marami na ring prutas ngayon doon. may mga dinala pa nga sya.

September 12, 2008 12:16 AM  

Blogger Photo Cache said...

naglalaway na ako senor. sineguelas ba yung asa picture 2?

September 12, 2008 12:25 AM  

Blogger Caroline said...

WOW! I want that truckful of atis! That's the fruit I miss the most -- I love eating that when I was little. Ooooh, I miss Philippines, can't wait to get back.

You have a great blog, keep it up!

September 12, 2008 1:35 AM  

Anonymous Major Tom said...

It's been too long since I've tasted durian and lanzones. Come January, it should be in season again in our town.

September 12, 2008 3:26 AM  

Blogger Ebb Tide said...

Hi! Sorry for not visiting your blog for a while. Been extremely busy preparing for my first solo art show at the end of this month. Its not too late late to be ambitious. When I saw your wonderful fruit photos, I couldn't help but leave a comment. I missed
the atis most of all. Many of those fruits are now available here in California, but the fresh atis is not.

September 12, 2008 4:21 AM  

Blogger mitch said...

Nice pics. bigla naman akong natakam lalo na preggy pa naman ako. favorite ko pa naman ung atis and santol. i can eat more than 1kg in ust one sitting haha takaw ko no :D

September 12, 2008 4:55 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Lanzones should be in season soon, Mario. But duhat may be during the summertime only; whereas caimito was plentiful a couple of months ago.

September 12, 2008 6:19 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I'm sure it was the santol that made your mouth water, EM :) There's plenty of them here these days.

As for the fruits you mentioned, want to trade? Hehehe.

September 12, 2008 6:20 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

We may not see mangoes again until December, Wil :)

September 12, 2008 6:21 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

"Talking to these orchard, fruit owners producers, preservers & exporters... most of them studied & graduated in the Philippines, specially University of Manila!!!"

Were they Thais, Ka Tony, or Pinoys living in Thailand. The bayabas from Thailand are humongous. Jeezz .. is there a nuclear reactor over there that makes this fruit grow that large? Hehehe.

The tamarind or sampaloc from Thailand are pretty but not so sweet; hwever, I love the way they've packaged them.

September 12, 2008 6:24 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Lol ... you're right, Sidney! I love those fruits she mentioned. Just asked her if she wants to trade :)

September 12, 2008 6:26 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I'm always attracted to taking pictures of fruits when I walk the streets of Manila, Marites. They make excellent subjects and as you said, they're very colorful!

September 12, 2008 6:27 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Not only these fruits, Marc, but it gets dark earlier than usual and there's a chill in the air at nights, too! Yup, Christmas is around the corner ... hehehe.

September 12, 2008 6:30 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Thank you, Agnes! So sweet :)

September 12, 2008 6:33 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I bet your mom brought over some of those neatly packed sampalok, donG!

September 12, 2008 6:46 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I forgot what they're called; never tasted one, but the sinegwelas are in season sometime in June, I think, Photo Cache. Sinegwelas, it seems are plentiful in the Manila markets at the same time with duhat.

September 12, 2008 6:48 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

The closest I tasted atis while in NY was as a flavor in some Pinoy ice cream sold in the Pinoy stores, Ebb Tide.

Hey, wishing you the best of luck and a wonderful solo art show!

September 12, 2008 6:49 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I, too, love the atis, Caroline, despite the gazillion seeds they come with :) Nothing like it!

September 12, 2008 6:50 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

From what I understand, Major Tom, the fruits available here in Manila pale in comparison to those grown in your parts of the country.

More than lanzones and durian, I love the suha from Davao the most :)

September 12, 2008 6:52 AM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Seeing these fruits all over the city makes me happy, Mitch, and I don't know why. Perhaps, it's their colors and the sweetness they convey.

Congratulations and good luck with the baby, Mitch!

September 12, 2008 6:55 AM  

Anonymous bw said...

Dangit - I need atis, jackfruit and santol right now !

September 12, 2008 7:28 AM  

Blogger EM said...

Sure thing Senior! I'll even add a kiwi :) lakihan molang ang santol ha at yung agaw tamis at asim...hehe

September 12, 2008 8:33 AM  

Blogger ka tony said...

Hi Eric,

"Talking to these orchard, fruit owners producers, preservers & exporters, most of them studied & graduated in the Philippines, specially University of Manila!!!"

These are Thais who studied in Manila, most of them between 1968 - 1974. They studied food & fruit preservation, canning (specially coconut milk), even fish sauce making, & business. Most of these successful businessmen were funded by their government to study & start their business. And look how much dollars in return the country is getting from their export, just here in the states alone!

"Thailand are humongous. Jeezz .. is there a nuclear reactor over there that makes this fruit grow that large? Hehehe."

No Eric, they don't use nuclear, as far as I know. I saw them use "compose," elephant & bat manure, they have millions of them in this country! I guess also their elephant shape country have something to do why their fruits are abundant, sweet & humongous, like you said. Half of Thailand is a peninsula, so they have their east & west sides fertile deltas. While on the north like Chiang Mai is cool. I know a lot of people are crazy about Thai food, but I not!!! Most of their food are with coconut milk & curry, so during our stay I lost a lot of weight. But had my feast in Macao where food is a blend of Portuguese and Chinese, then Hongkong!

Yeahhh Eric, simple joys of life, Sawahadee,
ka tony

September 12, 2008 8:42 AM  

Blogger nutart said...

gosh! what bounty!!! and they said we're a poor country?!

Guess I now need some santol to get its seeds from! I plant all my fruit trees from seed---much cheaper (hehe!) I have now successfully have grown several atis trees from seed too!

But it still goes to say that I still need to buy these fruits to enjoy them! God Bless Mother Earth!!!

September 12, 2008 8:22 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

I can imagine that you do, BW, but you'll just have to plan for another balikbayan vacation soon ... hehehe!

September 12, 2008 10:11 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Agaw tamis at asim na malaking santol ... okay, EM! Hehehe :)

September 12, 2008 10:12 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Fascinating, Ka Tony, yet sad in a way because we should be the one who should be excelling and profiting from such industry. Goodness gracious! Gising na mga kabayan ... hehehe.

I'm not too fond of Thai food, either. I'll go for some Chinese food in Binondo anytime, though :)

September 12, 2008 10:16 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

That's right, Bernadette!

As Sidney had said, thank God that we have sll these fruits.

I'd love to take picture of your fruit bearing trees. One of these days, indeed :)

September 12, 2008 10:18 PM  

Blogger NOYPETES said...

An American, a Russian and a Pinoy were hanging out and bragging about their country's pride.

The American said: "We have cars, delicious fruits and beautiful women in the states!"

The Russian blurts and said: "You can put all your cars, women and fruits together and you can shove it up my ass! and that silenced the Yankee.

It was now the turn of the Russian to brag and said: "We have brave men, Nuclear weapons, Vodka, and years of culture behind us" and then he turns to the Pinoy and asked: "What about you my little friend! What have you in your island nation to brag about? The Pinoy, stumped and nervous, hesitantly said: "...Us? wi hab beri-beri gud proot dat we call LANGKA! Tangnamo! lit mi si ep yu kan shob dat ap yur ass!

Langka: We used to coat oil around our lips and hands before digging in to the Langka fruit to avoid dealing with the stubborn sticky sap that comes with the fruit and then gather all the seeds to boil and eat after.

You know it's just a few months away from the holidays when Quiapo teems with a variety of fruits and the famous Castanas and the abundance of chinese hams hanging on the display glass windows of the Quiapo meat stores.

September 12, 2008 11:59 PM  

Blogger Senor Enrique said...

Lol ... you're too much, Pete!

Hmmm ... wish I knew this oil tip when eating langka when I was a kid. My aunt in Subic still has that langka tree in the backyard that bear abundant fruits year round.

I know, Christmas is just a round the corner! The stores on Palanca Street will soon be teeming with all those goodies you mentioned.

September 13, 2008 8:25 AM  

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