Summer is here! Go ahead, grab some ice and look out for these abundant crops that you must savor in this hot weather.
Mango (Mangifera indica)
Dubbed the Philippine national fruit, mango is the third most important fruit crop in the country. It is in season from March to June, so consume it while it’s at its best.
Carabao mango, one of the best and sweetest mango varieties in the world, is extensively grown here. It is also the sole Philippine mango variety exported to other countries.
This local favorite is frequently incorporated into products like candies, jams, shakes, ice cream, cakes, and other baked delicacies. Mangoes are also processed through drying since many prefer snacking on dried mangoes.
Mango is a versatile fruit and may be used in a variety of ways. Filipinos love to eat both green and ripe mangoes. The former is often served with bagoong or salt.
Here’s a tip: make fresh mango shakes to beat the summer heat!
Melon (Cucumis melo)
Melons are in high demand every summer.
Its planting season is from September to February and is harvested 65 to 80 days after planting. Melon is abundantly farmed locally and is loved for its sweet flavor. Some even grow them in containers.
This fruit is typically served as a refreshing juice made with shredded melon, ice, and condensed milk or sugar. Others like their melons blended with other ingredients and added with tapioca pearls.
Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)
Tomato, according to a study, is one of the most profitable crops that is cultivated worldwide, including the Philippines.
With its nutritional value and flavor, there is no doubt that it appeals to the tastes of all people. It is a common ingredient in many recipes, such as salads, pasta, soups, and sauces.
Make a dish colorful, tasty, and healthy by adding some tomatoes to it.
Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)
Watermelon, also referred to as pakwan in Tagalog, is a warm-loving plant that is native to Africa, but is cultivated all over the globe.
Its juicy, naturally sweet fruit is an excellent thirst quencher on hot days. Not only is it good for hydration, but it is loaded with vitamins A, C, lycopene, and other nutrients.
Remember to keep cool and enjoy this summer’s harvests.