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July Seasonal Crops

Mangosteen. Photo by Art Rachen on Unsplash.

Here are some fruits that are at their peak in July. 

Calamansi (Citrofortunella microcarpa)

Philippine lime, or calamansi, is a citrus fruit that is a staple in Filipino homes and is widely distributed in local markets. It is tasty and high in vitamin C, which is mainly why it’s extensively farmed and utilized in everything from food to beauty products. 

Calamansi. Image by hartono subagio from Pixabay.

Calamansi is used as a condiment, natural flavoring agent, and ingredient in health and skin care products, among other things. 

While the fruit is available all year round, it is at its best between July and October.

Kamias (Averrhoa bilimbi)

A fruit-bearing tree native to Southeast Asia is the bilimbi or cucumber tree, often known as kamias in the Philippines. 

Its fruits may be consumed raw, dipped in salt, juiced, relished, or pickled. It sometimes serves as an alternative to tamarind and an ingredient in local soups and fish dishes, such as sinigang na salmon sa kamias (salmon belly in sour soup). 

Its leaves can also be used to treat itchy skin, animal bites, swelling, and so on. 

Kamias. Photo by Judgefloro from Wikimedia commons.

Unfortunately, premade broth mixes are replacing kamias, which was once a staple in the majority of local soup recipes. At the same time, many home cooks have already forgotten its culinary applications. 

As a result, there has also been less interest in cultivating kamias in backyards or residential areas, and hence most of the existing kamias trees are found in rural areas.

Lanzones (Lansium domesticum)

Lanzones, or langsat, is another tropical fruit native to Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines. Its oval-shaped fruits come in clusters with a leather-like pale brown to yellow skin.

Image by Kreingkrai Luangchaipreeda from Pixabay

This fruit crop has white translucent meat that’s juicy, edible, and divided into five to six parts. It is abundant in antioxidants, vitamin B, and fiber. It has a well-balanced sweet-sour taste that many people enjoy. Lanzones is typically peeled by hand and eaten raw.

Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana L.)

Dubbed the queen of fruits, mangosteen can be found in abundance in the Philippines from June to November. Locally referred to as mangis or mangostan, mangosteen is a slow-growing tree that can grow up to 25 meters tall.

Mangosteen. Photo by Art Rachen on Unsplash.

Its round fruit, about the size of a tennis ball, has a thick peel and luscious flesh separated into four to eight triangular chucks. People say its flavor is a combination of lychee, peach, strawberry, and pineapple. 

This fruit is a great immune system booster due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It helps improve mental health, too!

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Vina Medenilla
Vina Medenilla is a content producer for Agriculture Monthly magazine. She is a graduate from Miriam College with a bachelor’s degree in Communication. Fashion, photography, and travel are some of the things she loves. For her, connection with nature is essential to one’s life.

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