24 Jan2009

Carcar’s “Takuy”

by Marketman

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The pomelos or suha from the town of Carcar in Cebu have a reputation that precede them. Many folks in Cebu are certain “takuy” is seedless, succulent, sweet and wonderful, and it ONLY thrives in Carcar. I am a HUGE fan of pomelo so I have tried it in dozens of different places from Korea, China, HK, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia and dozens and dozens of sources in the Philippines from the Cagayan Valley to Bicol, the Visayas and Mindanao. So far, I have had takuy 3-4 times and in all cases, they DID NOT impress. A paler variety of pomelo, similar to the ones from China or Bangkok, the ones I have managed to taste are dry, tasteless and yes, somewhat seedless.

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I’m not sure what makes these unique to the area around Carcar, but for now, I think I will be sticking to the town’s other specialty, chicharon instead.

 

COMMENTS:

  1. betty q. says:

    Takuy or no takuy…I have given up on pomelos Bangkok, Thailand, etc. However, MM , if you see BLANCO de ORO grapefriut, grab it! The best ever !!!!! so sweet and lives up to its name!

    Jan 24, 2009 | 7:48 am

     
  2. diday says:

    Davao pomelo is the best!

    Jan 24, 2009 | 3:27 pm

     
  3. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Yup diday I agree!! Davao pomelo..the best. So sweet….BTW MM I found Alpine full cream evap and Milkmaid condensed at South supermarket.Doing my leche flan experiment in tandem with you.
    In my steamer right now,NOT leche flan but the HARDINERA of Quezon. I don’t know how it’ll come out but I somehow got a recipe from a local tv program featuring specialty dishes…I love that so decided to experiment.

    Jan 24, 2009 | 4:02 pm

     
  4. maria says:

    nenita’s davao pomelo, definitely for me!

    Jan 24, 2009 | 7:43 pm

     
  5. Gina says:

    The best pomelos I have had for two years running come from Taiwan or Thailand (not clear to me which is which), available in some groceries and roadside stalls during the holiday season. This year it came under the brand “ABC pomelos” and our suki fruit vendor sourced it from Divisoria. It has very thin, supple skin that does not require major struggle to peel. Best of all, the segments are large, very juicy and sweet, white. When we gave these away as gifts, the recipients always asked us where we got them.

    Jan 24, 2009 | 11:24 pm

     
  6. chris says:

    davao pomelo has my vote, too! a friend who’s a local of davao gave me the tip na the thinner the peel and the uglier it looks, the sweeter and jucier it is. so far, when i buy davao pomelos using these criteria, they don’t fail me. by the way, have any of you heard or tasted “lado?” its another local citrus fruit na nawawala na sa sirkulasyon. its a cross between suha and dalanghita or kahel. had tried it many years ago as a gift from the north.

    Jan 25, 2009 | 12:00 am

     
  7. betty q. says:

    Hey Chris…by any chance are you from Batanggas? …that “ladu” is what my mom calls it and she used to buy it by the “kaing” whenever we go to Batanngas every week-end….and they divide it among my siblings.

    Jan 25, 2009 | 2:47 am

     
  8. Homebuddy says:

    That’s very true, bought some in Carcar when there last, but was so disappointed. I’d rather buy Davao pomelos.

    Jan 25, 2009 | 8:21 pm

     
  9. Homebuddy says:

    That’s very true, bought some in Carcar recently but was so disappointed. I’d rather buy Davao pomelos anytime!

    Jan 25, 2009 | 8:22 pm

     
  10. natie says:

    i agree about davao pomelos. when i’m in iloilo around february, we buy pomelos from a certain MD’s orchard, and it is very GOOD!! they sell it just in front of their gate, from a makeshift stand–i’ll do ”research” on this—in fact i’ll probably have some tomorrow or today, since i’ll be there in a few hours–makes the 20-hr trip worth it!!

    Jan 26, 2009 | 5:35 am

     
  11. kit says:

    fresh pomelos and mangosteen from Zamboanga are the best! the pomelos were quite small compared to the ones from Davao but definitely sweeter. when in season it costs roughly 25 pesos, a friend who was giving us the fruits told me it’s because majority of the fruits came from war stricken barrios, some in Jolo, the farmers sell it really cheap because there’s some sort of discrimination in buying produce from those place, that sometimes the traders claim the fruits came from Davao but in reality the fruits were grown in Zamboanga, Jolo, or even Basilan.

    Jan 26, 2009 | 10:20 pm

     
  12. kit says:

    that is 25 php per kilo, and during peek season mangosteen only cost 15-20 php per kilo

    Jan 26, 2009 | 10:22 pm

     
  13. kit says:

    now i’m confused if the pomelos i’m refering to are pomelos or takuy. it has few seeds and the flesh is pale and sometimes yellowish. it’s the size of a duckpin

    Jan 26, 2009 | 10:26 pm

     
  14. EbbaMyra says:

    My relatives are from Quezon, and they have this thing called “suha”. I am not sure if its the same as what most of you are talking about. But I remember this to be so so sweet and juicy. Its pretty big too, (a medium size soccer ball), but once you’ve peeled them, parang malaking sunkist orange lang siya. Pero talagang ang sarap. Here in Houston, I always buy the “pomelos” ok lang, but nothing compare to the “suha” that I am used to.

    Jan 27, 2009 | 12:00 am

     
  15. ted says:

    BettyQ, it’s very true,,,,i’ve tasted the Blanco De Oro over new years and they were the best grapefruit i’ve ever tasted.

    EbbaMyra, we used to have a Suha tree in my grandma’s yard when i was a child and its fruit were the sweetest i remember ever tasted, and she’s always bragging that the reason it is sweet was, she waters it every morning from the water out of her “Arenola” ;-)

    Jan 27, 2009 | 4:27 am

     
  16. Maria Clara says:

    I see a carnival of suha whenever Chinese New Year is approaching. The most memorable suha I had was the from Dizon Farms in Davao.

    Jan 27, 2009 | 4:42 am

     
  17. EbbaMyra says:

    ted: naman, naman, nagbibiro ka ba or tutuo yang sinabi mo?

    Jan 28, 2009 | 12:07 am

     
  18. kit says:

    urine is a natural/organic fertilizer. same as manure, compost, and worm poop

    Jan 28, 2009 | 1:40 am

     
  19. diday says:

    I agree with kit and ted, urine diluted with water triggers a continuous flowering of bougainvilleas, as well.

    Jan 28, 2009 | 10:39 am

     
  20. betty q. says:

    Ebba…pee is nitrogen BUT it has to be DILUTED preferably before you can use it as nourishment for your plants or it can burn your plants if used in pure form….much like manure or compost tea….you have to dilute it with water.

    Jan 28, 2009 | 2:24 pm

     
  21. ted says:

    Arenola’s back in the old days gets filled with water before gradma goes to bed, i know because im tasked with putting it on her bedside every night when im vacationing at her home ;-)

    Jan 30, 2009 | 6:31 am

     
  22. tes says:

    i have to agree that the famed takuy of carcar is no longer the juicy and sweet pomelo we used to eat. as a true blue carcaranon, we used to order sacks of takuy during the season and most especially during the november fiestas as give-aways to guests. from what i have heard and experienced, almost all the takuys were wiped out during the Super Typhoon Ruping (late 80’s) i was in high school then. the few trees that survived, never produced the same juicy pomelo up to now. very sad indeed. you are right marketman, we better stick to the chicharon. but hey, have you tasted our tortas made by the Bargayo family in Pob 2 ? or our famous pastilletos(some call it empanada)? if you havent, i sweetly urge you to try it.

    Jan 30, 2009 | 2:45 pm

     
  23. chris says:

    hi bettyq! no not from batangas. i trace my roots from cebu and surigao, though i grew up in manila. came across lado bec. my ex-bf had several trees planted in their farm up north…

    Jan 31, 2009 | 12:42 am

     
  24. Fards says:

    You are right MM. I have tried the takuy when I passed by Carcar and was very disappointed. Nothing compared to my Lola’s takuy in Barili when I was younger then.

    Jan 31, 2009 | 2:56 pm

     
  25. EbbaMyra says:

    thanks sa inyo, hah, now I know.

    Feb 1, 2009 | 9:34 am

     
 

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