ARATILES

Aratilis

Scientific name: Muntingia calabura

Variations on spelling: aratilis, aratiles, aratalis

A tree whose individual fruits resemble American cranberries, which are from shrubs.

Aratiles fruit


The aratiles fruit is known in other countries as Jamaican cherry, Panama berry, Singapore cherry, bolaina yamanaza, cacaniqua, capulín blanco, nigua, niguito, memizo, or memiso.

In certain areas of the Philippines, these little red fruits are called manzanitas (“small apples”), also spelled mansanitas or manchanitas. Locals of Tarlac province and Nueva Ecija call them saresa, while the Ilonggos of the Visayas region call them sarisa.