The Philippines is not only the home to some of the best beaches in the world, but it is actually also boasting a number of unique fruits you can only find in this Tropical country. Get to know more about their most common fruits in Tagalog language in today’s post so that you can impress your Filipino friends and colleagues in no time!
Whenever we think about our Filipino friends, one of the most usual “pasalubong” or souvenirs they usually give out are the most loved Philippine mangoes! Aside from the fact that it is considered the national fruits of the country, the mangoes harvested in the country is considered the sweetest one in the world.
They also have different varieties of it which also offer distinct tastes- the most popular ones are Carabao mango, Piko, Katchamita, and Pahutan!
Since there is an abundance on the number of mango trees in the country, Filipinos have made it a point to always upgrade it beyond just being some fruit. In fact, the locals took care of their trees and have added specific approaches to ensure that they will stay sweet and juicy. In fact, in 2009, the Philippines officially got the Guinness World Records for having the heaviest mango in the world!
Amazing, right? However, there is still so much more than the country has to offer, and this is what we will discuss further in this post.
Let’s start with the basics. First, let me just clarify that the Filipino word for fruits or fruit is “prutas” or “mga prtuas.” Contrary to common belief, the Philippines actually has different types of fruits even if the weather is pretty different. For instance, they also have a local version of grapes, strawberry, cherry, and plum which are usually cultivated in cold places.
There is no doubt that the country is blessed with rich soil perfect for cultivating tropical fruits. If you will visit the provinces, you will be surprised that almost all families have their own version of a backyard farm where they grow fruits and vegetables for day-to-day consumption. There are days when these plants or trees will just bear too many fruits which is why the locals are constantly looking for ways not to put the excess to waste.
And this is where dried fruits started. Aside from mangoes, the Philippines also exports dried pineapples, coconut strips, bananas, and soursop, while other fruits are also preserved to make “atchara” or pickled condiments or side dishes (and sometimes eaten as it is!). The most popular ones are known as “burong mangga” or pickled green mangoes and the traditional “atchara” made of green papaya.
Traditionally, fruits are eaten after a full course or a “salu-salo” since it has always been deemed that sweets are the perfect way to end a meal. Aside from the chilled locals’ sweets and pastries, fruits are more commonly served like bananas, pineapples, mangoes, and watermelon. Sometimes, fresh coconut or kalamansi water (Pinoy version of lemon water) is served instead of plain-old water too!
Wondering how exactly you can say the fruits in Tagalog? We got you covered. In the list below, you will discover the most comprehensive list of common names of Philippine fruits and their translation in Tagalog and English words. Before you visit the Philippines, we highly recommend that you learn these or save our list on your device since the probability of you seeing all of these in person is high! Trust us… we know!
|Tagalog Names of Fruits||English Translation|
|Sampalok / Kamatsile||Tamarind / Sweet tamarind|
|Dalandan||Native version of citrusy lemon of the Philippines|
A quick Google search on the top fruits in the Philippines will usually show you a list of Spanish words instead. This is because most of the local names are indeed influenced by their Spanish counterparts. But, you do not have to worry, because the ones listed above are truly Filipino and are guaranteed to be understood by all of the locals.
As I end this article, I hope that I was able to provide you with the most useful translations about the native fruits in the Philippines. If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to share it on social media and help us reach language enthusiasts who might be interested in learning Tagalog lessons. For other Tagalog-related lessons, I highly suggest that you check out our previous posts like the emergency phrases and family vocabulary words.
Now that we have been able to add a few vocabulary words to your list today related to the common Tagalog names of different fruits, I firmly believe that it is about time that you continue your language learning journey in the Filipino language using my most recommended application: the Ling App! Unlike traditional applications containing just a few outdated translations of Tagalog words to English, the Ling App delivers a fun and interactive way to learn more about your target language.
It has been established with the main goal of offering aspiring Tagalog speakers to express themselves the way locals do by giving bite-sized lessons with translations in a fully gamified manner. From this platform, you can ensure your progress as you will be reminded to take the quizzes and navigate the chatbot page to practice what you have learned. And the best thing about it? It is free to download and can be accessed online too!
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