19 Feb2007


Fruit grown in one’s own backyard always tastes sweeter. Maybe it’s all the attention you give it. Maybe it’s the mistaken perception you hold because you are too close to the applemang3source. Maybe it doesn’t matter whether it really is better than farm raised, it’s your own fruit, after all. One of the things greeting me as I got to the office in Cebu last week was a platter filled with these SPECTACULAR apple mangoes on my desk. I generally don’t buy apple mangoes in the markets as I opt for my default carabao mangoes from Cebu or Guimaras. However, I have eaten many apple mangoes in Australia, the U.S., etc. and I like the subtle flavor difference and the nice consistency of the flesh, especially when still a little firm. However, our Office Manager, who seems to have a pretty green thumb, mentioned that these were some of the 500 fruits harvested from a 10 year old apple mango hybrid tree in her backyard, so I was truly amazed.

Now that many folks know what I do for fun (marketmanila.com), I am often given fruit, applemang2dishes, kakanins, etc. to try and it’s great. Sliced up and eaten as is, the apple mangoes were excellent. No need to add some rock salt or bagoong; just great snacking, au naturel. Wait a day or two until a bit riper and they went well with the purple biko in the previous post. I suspect these are good when slightly under-ripe as well…tart but with an apple/mango flavor. Perhaps chopped up and made into a spicy salsa or as an accompaniement for fried fish or pork. It might also make a really interesting chutney or jam. It always amazes me how many fruits a mango tree bears; 500 from this small young tree. Sometimes as many as 10,000+ fruits from a large decades old carabao mango tree!



  1. relly says:

    MM, at a first glanced i thought it was simply a homegrown apple sa Pinas! I thought wow, apple growing in the Philippines…possible!!!
    The way you took the picture shot really reveals just an apple and i honestly have not seen anywhere this variety of mango . If you have first played the game i think everyone will guess “apples”!

    Feb 19, 2007 | 3:07 pm


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  3. Crissy says:

    I’m very curious about the taste of apple mangoes. I like the taste of apples & mangoes.

    Feb 19, 2007 | 3:16 pm

  4. SimplePleasure says:

    do they taste like indian magoes or more of an apple taste than mangoes?

    Feb 19, 2007 | 3:43 pm

  5. kaye says:

    wow! i am already thinking crushed ice, fresh milk some sugar and a blender.. yummy…

    Feb 19, 2007 | 5:16 pm

  6. Derrick says:

    You should try the Peach mangoes, which is actually the Australian R2E2 variety that are grown locally by ECJ farms. They’re best eaten before full ripeness, since at this stage they’re both sweet and crunchy.

    Feb 19, 2007 | 7:26 pm

  7. Didi says:

    Perfect for a smoothie!! :)

    Feb 19, 2007 | 10:33 pm

  8. Chris says:

    Marketman, is this fruit actually a cross between an apple and a mango? or is it only called such because it looks a little bit of both?

    Feb 20, 2007 | 12:35 am

  9. ces says:

    this reminds me of our own apple mango tree back in QC…and the langka tree and the macopa tree…haay, brings back lots of memories…that’s the thing when your friends learn about our little hobby huh, they always expect food and i mean good food all the time from us! lol!

    Feb 20, 2007 | 2:25 am

  10. wil-b cariaga says:

    i don’t like eating this with bagoong or salt, even some eat pineaplle and watermelon with salt. . . i really dislike it. . .

    Feb 20, 2007 | 7:23 am

  11. renee says:

    it’s just mango… imagine a very bland not very sweet, but sometimes crunchy indian mango upsized (is this a real word?)… I have yet to taste a good apple mango though, i prefer carabao mangoes.

    Feb 20, 2007 | 8:46 am

  12. DADD-F says:

    I prefer carabao mangoes, too. And while Guimaras mangoes taste truly heavenly, Zambales mangoes are simply divine. Cebu mangoes are just like the other mangoes as far as my taste buds are concerned. But I’m curious about this peach mango. Forgive me for my ignorance, but is this a cross between a peach and a mango or does it just share some physical likeness to a peach? Or similar taste/texture to peach??

    Feb 20, 2007 | 9:30 am

  13. CecileJ says:

    Wow, pretty pictures! They look like Fuji apples! I personally don’t like apple mangoes…but you are right, MM, I think they lend their flavor well to salsa. With chopped wansoy, onions and tomatoes, yum! Am intrigued , too, about peach mangoes (as in Jollibee’s peach-mango pies??? hehe!)

    Feb 20, 2007 | 10:27 am

  14. Katrina says:

    When my parents planted a mango tree in our garden when I was a kid, I was SO excited for it to bear fruit, and therefore understandably crushed when told that it would take a long time before it would be mature enough to give me the mangoes I loved. Imagine my utter frustration when, many years later, the first fruits appeared…and they were apple mangoes! I just don’t like apple mangoes, or even Indian mangoes. They’re not juicy, not really sweet, and have a metallic flavor. But I must admit, the salsa sounds like a good idea. And like some other commenters, I’m curious: are they really a cross between apples and mangoes, or just called that for their appearance? And where are they originally from?

    Feb 20, 2007 | 11:16 am

  15. Derrick says:

    The peach mango is just a marketing ploy.It’s much better than calling it R2E2 which is its real Australian moniker. The red blush on this variety may be the reason for the name.

    Feb 20, 2007 | 8:23 pm

  16. Maria Clara says:

    I know it is extra work after slicing them when they are firm and matured stage – if you plunge them in iced water three times drain them and put them back again in iced water and repeat the process two times more, they will maintain their crunchiness/crispiness. Same process holds true with any stone fruits.

    Feb 21, 2007 | 1:47 am

  17. Woody says:

    my mother has an apple mango tree in her yard. I never did like it but the tree looks beautiful when heavy with fruit. We usually just put some in a bowl and use it more as decor. You gave me some ideas though I think I will try making some salsa or chutney.

    Feb 24, 2007 | 11:17 am

  18. Jane says:

    Say, have you heard of the GUAVAPPLE? It’s supposed to be a hybrid of the guava and the apple (duh). I wonder how it tastes like!

    Feb 27, 2007 | 12:49 am

  19. Joy says:

    beautiful looking fruit!

    Mar 1, 2007 | 9:23 pm

  20. Anna says:

    So…what’s apple mango in Tagalog???…

    Jul 9, 2007 | 9:42 pm

  21. Ana Sia says:

    These are my favorite, with shrimp paste. Pico and Carabao comes next.

    Jan 7, 2008 | 12:12 am

  22. Ditz says:

    In Japan apple mangoes is very expensive…1 apple mango it cost more than ï¿¥10.000…..but it’s delicious and juicy…

    Aug 14, 2008 | 10:22 pm

  23. bishop says:

    i have a farm of applemangoes.the good thing they are extra sweet

    Jan 9, 2009 | 11:33 am

  24. yamcee says:

    anybody knows an applemango farm where I can buy in bulk?

    Apr 24, 2009 | 11:29 am


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