FIRST FRUIT FRIDAY: Buko

Buko. Niyog. Lubi. Butong. 

These are just a few Filipino names for this well-known and well-loved fruit: the Coconut. Throughout the Philippines, which is the second largest producer of coconuts next to Indonesia, it is consumed and utilized in a variety of ways. Coconut Milk, Cooking/Essential oil, Coconut Jam and Coconut Juice are just some of the edible products out of this awesome creation, and it’s also even used as an ingredient for cosmetics. This plant has no throwaway part at all, from its leaves, fruits, bark and down to the roots.

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This is a fruit that’s never off-season especially in places like Davao and other parts of Northern Mindanao. Leyte isn’t far behind on that list, of course. It has even made itself a staple when one would visit MacArthur Park, a landmark in Palo, Leyte. It would be a shame to come by this place and not eat a fruit from one of the many stalls infront of the park at least once in your lifetime.

PHP 25 | USD 50c | AUD 70c | CAD 60c

You first start out with its sweet, cool juice and when you’ve drank it all up, you can ask the owner of the stall to cut the fruit open so you can dig in its smooth, white flesh.

They would carve out a part of the shell that you would use to scoop it out (don’t worry, they doused it in water to clean it up).

Utensils are overrated, anyway.

There are tons of benefits one could get from drinking its juice and consuming its meat with its nutrients and natural antioxidants.

You can visit the following links if you want to learn more; https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/8-coconut-water-benefits https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323743.php

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