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.
Scientific name: Citrus microcarpa
Calamansi looks similar to the Japanese sudachi and kabosu.
Other names for the calamansi: aldonisis, calamonding, calamunding, Chinese orange, kalamondin, Golden lime, calamondin orange, Panama orange, kalamunding, kalamonding, kalamundin, calamundi.
In the Philippines, kalamansi is often combined with soy sauce, the mixture of which is used as a marinade or dipping sauce.
soy sauce and Philippine lime
Kalamansi is also spritzed on pansit noodles. (In fact, there is a variant of packaged instant nooodles that is Pancit Canton kalamansi flavor.)
This citrus fruit can also be used a souring agent in the stews sinigang and paksiw, in lieu of sampalok (tamarind).
Calamansi juice is a great source of Vitamin C and is perfect for a juice cleanse! The Philippine company Zesto even came out with a Calamansi juice soda in the middle of the first decade of the twenty-first century. (Tagline: About time sodas went fruit.)
What else is calamansi good for flavoring?
Ice cream, muffins, pies, macaraons, all sorts of pastries… and even soap!
Looking to get your Calamansi Juice fix?
There are so many manufacturers, and quite a few of them make their products available on the SECURE and convenient shopping site that we all trust… AMAZON, which is the only SAFE website we can vouch for when it comes to buying Filipino food online.
Known Brands Overseas and Locally in the Philippines with Their Product Line of Kalamansi Juice Concentrate and Calamansi Juices:
Pick Squeeze, Cool Taste, Luzona, Citrus Farms, Delight, Paradise, Gina, Good Sense Lemonada, NatuReal, Healthie, Fruit of the Earth, Nomsi All Natural, Calmansinade, Sun Tropics, Philippine Brand
Note to the Filipino Americans: Manila Gold Calamansi is a brand manufactured by Ramar Foods, the OMGpeke company that pirated the Magnolia brand of the Philippines. As Philippine-born Filipinos, we encourage a boycott of all products by Ramar Foods due to their documented practice of appropriating brands from our homeland, including Pampanga’s Best.
There are many alternatives to Manila Gold Frozen Calamansi Concentrate. Exercise your power as consumer. Do not let your hard-earned dollars go to unethical companies, such as Ramar Foods.
Furthermore, let the stores that carry their products know of their unethical practices. Tell your friends about the OMGpeke scandal. Knowledge is power. Our fellow Pinoys can’t make an informed decision about where to properly spend their money if they don’t know of issues such as this.
To this day, many Filipino Americans have no clue that the “Magnolia” they buy in the United States is not in any way related to San Miguel Philippines. In fact, Ramar Foods keeps suing San Miguel!
Think about that. San Miguel created the Magnolia brand of ice cream in the 1920s. It developed it into a brand loved by Filipinos the world over. It’s been known as the first brand of ice cream in Asia. That’s an honor for our country. Then out of nowhere, this California company just uses both the name AND the exact same logo on their own unaffiliated products, making many Filipino American assumes that this is the Magnolia of our home country.
Gets n’yo ba kung gaano kasaklap ito? Siguro naman kung nababasa ninyo ito, nauunawaan ninyo ang galit ng mga Pilipino sa Ramar. Tangkilikin ang sariling atin. I-boycott ang mga produkto ng Ramar.