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!
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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