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Mostly unknown in the West, the lanzones ( Lansium domesticum Corr.) are popular all throughout Southeast Asia. Called duku in Indonesia and lang-sat in Thailand, they are an exceedingly sweet and slightly sour taste. But beware, one must be careful not to bite into the bitter seed! Export potential is limited because the fruit perishes easily after ripening and the skin exudes milky latex which is messy to the hands and lips.


The 3 most common varieties in the Philippines are "Paete", "Camiguin", and "Jolo" cultivars. Pictured here is the sweetest of them all, the Camiguin variety which comes from the island province of the same name. Note the swarm of ants partaking of the sugary nectar. That's how sweet this fruit is! Definitely one of my favorites, ranked alongside the Cebu mangoes and the durian.


from a fruit stand in Lawaan, Talisay, Cebu, the Philippines


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Taken on August 14, 2005