I was going to write about one of my favorite fruits last month but couldn't get a nice photo. It's a good thing I was able to get this opportunistic shot as a friend was getting some kaimito at a roadside stall along Katipunan Avenue in Balara. We learned last week that the fruits were not necessarily harvested from the many trees in Balara and the UP Diliman campus. These came from Bulacan but were being sold here because the area is already well known for kaimito during its season. In fact, we normally see a lot of pickers with their long poles getting the fruits from the trees near our office. And so some staff refuse to buy because they argue that the pickers and those selling the fruits are basically free-loading from UP's trees. No matter, the price per kilo is 50 pesos, which is still cheaper compared to the 70 to 80 pesos per kilo prices in supermarkets.
|There are basically 2 types of kaimito on sale - the green ones and the violet variety. Some violets are lighter -colored.|
My only comment here is that you should go down from your vehicle to select the fruits yourself. Chances are, most of the fruits the vendors will give you if you do not have a suki would be either overripe, bugbog or have a lot of borers (worms?). Always examine each fruit and ones that are too soft are often undesirable. Also try to look for the tell-tale holes that are the indications of borers.-