our friend c, who’s currently based in hanoi on work assignment, tagged me recently in fb in a photo showing a slice of those really small pineapples and some mansanitas that are bigger than normal (picture below, thanks c!). as you can see, the vietnamese eat their fruits with some salt-chili mixture (similar to thailand, i guess mostly in indochina), whereas we usually just have them with salt.

anyway, yesterday, my mom brought home similarly-sized mansanitas that were given to her by my lolo’s neighbors, who are also our relatives. (if you’re pinoy, you totally understood everything in that sentence, ha.ha.). i think they’re the best bunch of mansanitas i have ever tasted in my life. crunchy and sweet (normally you’d have to wait for them to get overripe before the sweetness comes out), but these were really good. it will give some apples a run for their money when it comes to the crunchy sound you’ll hear as you bite into it.

i can’t believe it’s been a year since i posted the picture above on fb, which generated quite a lot of guffaws because i labeled it “alin, alin, alin ang naiba?” (“which one stands out?”) 🙂 i can’t remember if these mansanitas were also given to us or brought from the market.

(*photo credits to C for the second picture)


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Guagua Girl says:

    i saw the photo first before i saw the title of the post and i really thought those were apples! anyway, the salt-chili mixture sounds intriguing. i don't think i've ever come across that here.


  2. Betis Boy says:

    you can make your own from your spice rack i guess — salt, paprika/chili powder (and i'd put a little sugar, too).

    next week i'm going to try the green smoothie for breakfast thing (60%fruit, 40%green leafy veggies). i gotta buy a blender first. i wonder if there's a difference if i eat them like a salad instead.


  3. Anonymous says:

    hello…that fruit is called BUT-ULAN in Balayan, Batangas….it's tree have quite big thorns on it making it hard to pick those….it's a bit sour but once dipped into a li'l salt while eating it makes it an incredible past time snack in the province….


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