do you rememember the taste of mabolos? the red fuzzy fruit with a peach-like appearance, apple-looking flesh inside, and a love-it-or-hate it taste?
well, what do you know, it’s got a seedless, miniature version. my mom brought some, from all places, the betis church, where apparently two full-grown trees can be found in the churchyard (how would I know?! he.he.). they weren’t quite ripe yet but my dad and i opened one. i like the taste of mabolo so i liked it. (i hate the taste of chalky chesa though).
the seedlings of this seedless variety was apparently cultivated in u.p. los banos, and brought to betis by randy david. at least that’s how the story goes. but then again, this is betis, where fact and folklore go hand in hand.