23 Feb2016


Every year I look forward to the months after the Christmas holidays, because unless storms have ravaged agricultural areas, the produce in markets only gets better and better. That is, of course, until the wicked heat of the summer months brings it all to a sweet end with all those fabulous tropical fruits. These beautiful native “heirloom” tomatoes are one of my favorites… with thin skins, tasty and less acidic flesh, I love these in simply thrown together salads, or mashed with some bagoong and lasona for a classic Northern condiment called KBL. They are starting to appear in markets now.

Other older posts on native tomatoes here, here and here.



  1. EbbaBlue says:

    Wow, those are expensive here in Texas.

    Feb 23, 2016 | 4:37 pm


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  3. EJ says:

    Great news! These are much tastier than photogenic yet bland beef/beefsteak tomatoes.

    Feb 23, 2016 | 7:27 pm

  4. ntgerald says:

    Tomatoes are native to Central and South America.

    Feb 23, 2016 | 11:03 pm

  5. marilen says:

    Agree, MM. It is hard to eat another tomato once one has feasted on an ‘heirloom’ variety. Jeez, still another 5 months in these parts before we can enjoy …

    Feb 24, 2016 | 1:09 am

  6. Kasseopeia says:

    I bought a couple plastic bags of this for 45php/kilo a couple of days ago.
    Delicious when (s)mashed by hand, with a good bagoong alamang and/or salted eggs with cilantro then eaten with lots of steamed rice.

    Diet food, this is not!

    Feb 24, 2016 | 2:19 pm

  7. Footloose says:

    The most importunate curiosity can’t budge me to try usually gougy priced heritage tomatoes although I’ll go as far with hothouse ones sold on the vine. This is why fellow readers of this blog such as BettyQ make me envious when they share pictures of their first harvest http://goo.gl/QKWFo8 (although they stir the opposite sentiment from me come late summer when for sure they get inundated with rapidly ripening tomatoes.) Anyway, these naturalized Filipino tomatoes of the current post have been obviously passed by by the gene technologists, those busybodies who bred away all that made freely pollinated strains delicious in exchange for size uniformity, long shelf-life and durability in transit. It was the horticultural equivalent of Faust.

    Feb 25, 2016 | 11:23 pm

  8. millet says:

    beautiful. my mom loves to put them on top of just-cooked rice to soften them up a bit before mashing them with salt or patis.

    Feb 29, 2016 | 3:28 pm

  9. Mary says:

    Mmmmm :) I love heirloom tomatoes Ive found several of my favorites from sustainable seed co, http://sustainableseedco.com/Organic-Seed/ and their selection is huge! Thanks for sharing MM

    Mar 25, 2016 | 7:06 am

  10. Jackie says:

    Hi marketman, where do you normally find these fruits and veggies? Can you suggest a market where i can find a lot of native philippine fruits and veggies particularly in Manila? Thanks

    Apr 30, 2016 | 7:00 am

  11. Marketman says:

    Jackie, there are several markets around Manila. In Quezon City on Sundays, the Centris market near Quezon Avenue is quite comprehensive. On a daily basis, Farmer’s Market in Cubao has a good selection. On Saturdays, the Salcedo market in Makati is the most chi-chi, with mostly cooked food products. At the FTI complex in Taguig, I go to the AANI weekend market, and it’s a bit chaotic but has a decent selection of produce at good prices and there is lots of parking. On Sunday, the Legazpi market in Makati is a similar market to Salcedo. For fish, the Seaside Market on Roxas boulevard is small but carries lots of stuff. There are also markets in Alabang and lots of other places…

    Apr 30, 2016 | 2:07 pm


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