Santol is the name of the fruit of a tree that has the scientific name Sandoricum koetjape. It is native to Southeast Asia where it is called gratawn (กระท้อน) in Thai, kompem reach in Khmer, tong in Lao and donka in Sinhalese.

The French refer to it as faux mangoustanier, while in English it’s been called wild mangosteen, COTTONFRUIT or sandor. Previously, it had been given the scientific names Sandoricum indicum and Sandoricum nervosum.

SANTOL fruit
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Calamansi (spelled kalamansi in native Tagalog orthography) is a small, very round citrus fruit that’s ubiquitous in the Philippines. The fruits are often used when the thin rind is still green on the outside, and that is the color associated with it.

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isang uri ng punongkahoy

a local tree that bears small, round fruit


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The mabolo is the fruit of the Philippine tree with the scientific name Diospyros blancoi. It is sometimes spelled mabulo.

In English, it has been known as velvet apple or velvet persimmon. The adjective velvet is a reference to the fruit’s skin, which is thin but tough and papery. Mabolo should be peeled before being eaten. 
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The word is from the Spanish ciruelas, meaning “plums.”

Sinigwelas: Jocote of the Philippines

Sinigwelas is the fruit that Latin Americans call jocote. Its scientific name is Spondias furpurea.

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This word is from the Spanish naranjita (meaning: “small orange”).


Dalanghita is the name of a small, plump citrus fruit whose rind is primarily green. Its scientific name is Citrus nobilis.
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The kamatsile is the fruit of a plant having the scientific name Pithecellobium dulce. It is native to Central and northern South America, and was  introduced to the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period. The Spaniards call it guamachil or guamúchil. Filipinos also spell it as camachile, camachili and kamatsili.


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The kaimito is a round, purple-skinned fruit of the tree having the scientific name Chrysophyllum cainito. It belongs to the family Sapotaceae and is native to Central America and the West Indies. This fruit was introduced to the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period.

Photograph of Kaimito Fruit
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