18 Oct2007


Yesterday was the start of the Annual Lanzones Festival on Camiguin Island. I was in Cebu on Tuesday and Victor (my EPA – Expert Produce (Fruit & Vegetable) Acquirer, advised me that lanzones were in the markets at PHP35 a kilo and they were of excellent quality. I quickly sent him off to the Carbon market and he returned with 3 glorious kilos of the most amazing lanzones. They were medium to large in size, sweet and juicy. I am a bit confused about the seasons as I purchased lanzones in Cebu last May, but apparently October is the key season for the finest lanzones from Camiguin. And considering it ranks in the top five fruits in the recent marketmanila survey, I figured I would put a quick blurb on them. I have had the famed lanzones from Bangkok, at upwards of PHP400 a kilo when available in Manila, and I have to say they were quite sweet, but for less than 1/10th the price, the lanzones from Camiguin were a wonderful bargain and picked perhaps just a day or two prior. Delicious. Some wonderful things don’t have to cost a whole lot of money…



  1. Pia says:

    I voted for lanzones in the poll. Such a shame that it’s not available all year round…

    Oct 18, 2007 | 10:17 am


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  3. ENVDS says:

    definetely superb lanzones from camiguin…
    a good friend in cagayan de oro sent me around 10kgs a couple of weeks ago…
    there were still black ants lurking around the fruit..
    very sweet & juicy…not to mention fairly smaller seeds than the finds i had in manila claiming to be from calapan mindoro

    Oct 18, 2007 | 10:19 am

  4. Maria Clara says:

    My memory bank recalls lanzones season runs through November 1st wherein lots of vendors piled up at the cemetery entrance in Luzon. There must be a bumper crop of lanzones for the price to drop that low which is good for the consumer. They are good and enjoy them for me!

    Oct 18, 2007 | 10:19 am

  5. john paul sarabia says:

    welcome back to the food blog! yes camiguin lanzones is delicious.

    Oct 18, 2007 | 10:56 am

  6. munchkinmommy says:

    oh my! i’m green with envy! i bet the price made the lanzones even a lot sweeter and more delicious. :D

    thanks for dropping by my new site! it truly is an honor! :D

    Oct 18, 2007 | 12:04 pm

  7. abby says:

    hi MM, i replied to your pomelo & chilli salad post but it dates back to 2005, i hope you can still answer my questions.
    i’ve been having a hankering for pomelos now^^

    Oct 18, 2007 | 12:12 pm

  8. MRJP says:

    This is not in my top 5 list of favorite fruits but I do miss this fruit a lot….. my mouth is watering just to remember its sweet taste… yum!

    Oct 18, 2007 | 12:36 pm

  9. Em Dy says:

    Inggit ako…PHP 35 lang…

    Oct 18, 2007 | 1:05 pm

  10. meekerz says:

    i came back from bohol over the weekend and grabbed 6 kilos before going to the airport. i would have gotten more but they were too heavy for me to carry, hehe. the ones i got were from mambajao(?) and were less than Php40/kilo! i’ve actually never heard of the place, other than the vendors swearing their lanzones are really sweet (which they were!).

    Oct 18, 2007 | 1:28 pm

  11. meekerz says:

    ok, so i just googled mambajao and apparently it’s a municipality in camiguin. heehee.

    Oct 18, 2007 | 1:29 pm

  12. Lani says:

    I tasted lanzones from Thailand but I still prefer the lanzones from Camiguin.

    Oct 18, 2007 | 1:52 pm

  13. elaine says:

    That was a bargain at 35bucks a kilo! I only got to taste Camiguin lanzones a few times, most coming from Laguna nevertheless it’s still my favorite pinoy fruit!

    Oct 18, 2007 | 2:14 pm

  14. chad says:

    I just bought a kilo of these last midnight! (Yes, around an ungodly hour, it seems theres so much of these in tha market) Its around 30Php a kilo. The manong was touting them as Camiguins and to tell you the truth, he’s selling a lot even at that time. They were sweet, although oddly enough, I am spoilt by the excellent ones we got from Davao last month.

    There was a noticeable difference too. The ones we got from Davao (boxed and got byt kilos by my uncle) is more pointed, elongated-shaped near the stems.

    Im pretty sure to not expect that kilo to still be existing when I come ho,me tonight. I forgot about it and left them. (sigh)

    Oct 18, 2007 | 2:27 pm

  15. dhanggit says:

    do you have any lanzones recipes???? just wondrin???

    Oct 18, 2007 | 4:09 pm

  16. mardie says:

    omg, tumutulo na laway ko just looking at the picture. its been several years since ive had lanzones. ive been home twice pero di pa season ng prutas na to. sabi nila kapag marami daw itim na langgam sa bunch of lanzones matamis daw ang lanzones na yon, which makes sense dahil mahilig sa matamis ang langgam diba. they say thats one way of telling whether matamis o hindi ang lanzones.

    Oct 18, 2007 | 4:29 pm

  17. Em Dy says:

    Me too. I love the local lanzones more than the ones from Bangkok. Love Camiguin’s better than Paete’s though.

    Oct 18, 2007 | 4:53 pm

  18. nina says:

    I love lanzones! I can finish 2 kilos in one seating. Too bad, everytime I go home is unfortunately not a lanzones season.

    Oct 18, 2007 | 6:40 pm

  19. misao says:

    yes, lanzones from camiguin is the best! around three weeks ago, i brought back several kilos from sultan kudarat at P25/kilo (along with the last few kilos of mangosteen that i found). there was also this variety of lanzones (i forgot what it’s called) that has thicker skin but the sections were really sweet.

    Oct 18, 2007 | 7:33 pm

  20. noemi says:

    I used to buy this frozen back in california, but now I couldn’t even find it here in maryland. oh, I miss this!

    Oct 18, 2007 | 8:06 pm

  21. Cookie says:

    I am so envious!! i love lanzones! I haven’t had lanzones in – 7 years. It is soo sad!!!

    Oct 18, 2007 | 9:17 pm

  22. Ebba Myra says:

    It’s not the no. 1 on my list, but I do love them, and yes inggit din ako, in fact having Lansones is one of the factor that we considered when to go back home. I usually go there in May for my yearly clown missionary trip, and the fruits I get (with no regret of course) if green mango and siniguelas. How I wish there would be the lansones and atis, and chico. But my schedule has to be when the kids are on vacation since my ministry is towards them. I did able to buy some at Quiapo church yard, for P200 per kilo, and the quality is bad.. very very sour and alot went to waste.

    Oct 18, 2007 | 10:04 pm

  23. Maricel says:

    I also prefer the local lanzones to the duku of Bangkok. Our lanzones has a full range of flavor while the duku is “bitin sa lasa.”

    Oct 19, 2007 | 7:32 am

  24. palengkera says:

    MM, majority of the lanzones came not from Camiguin but from Salay and its adjacent municipalities in Misamis Oriental.

    Oct 19, 2007 | 8:59 am

  25. millet says:

    but MM, those look like davao lanzones, which are also very sweet at this time. the mambajao (camiguin) “bwahan” (bulahan – gold. lanzones) are usually orange-tinged. also available in davao now are thai varieties “duko” and “longkong” (at P35 and P70/kilo, respectively), but somehow, i like the native ones best.

    Oct 19, 2007 | 10:19 am

  26. choy says:

    i was just in cdo a couple of weeks ago and had my fill of lanzones there. and yes, i definitely brought some home and yes also, i had to pay excess baggage fees because i couldn’t resist buying thirty kilos at what i considered a steal-P20 per. what a loser! then again, friends & relations that got them for pasalubong were very appreciative & impressed. so i guess, i didn’t do too badly. or so i keep telling myself.

    Oct 19, 2007 | 10:45 am

  27. vivian says:

    hmmmm…. walang lansonez d2 sa LA… miss that e… so i choose banana na lang :(…tagal na ako nde nakakatikim ng lansonez.. years and years back..waaaaaaaaa pity me hah! couple years ago, my big brother went home to pinas for a vac.that was a month of october, when he came back he has 7 lanzonez on his pocket,(nakalusot lang hahaha) and he gave one each of us hahahhaha kasi nde pede magdala dito ng fruits from pinas….

    Oct 20, 2007 | 7:32 am

  28. efren cabutaje says:


    Oct 21, 2007 | 11:03 pm

  29. artisan chocolatier says:


    Please ask your EPA Victor to share with us who his sukis are in Carbon.

    I was in carbon today and I could not find excellent mambajao lanzones at 35/kilo.

    Oct 22, 2007 | 8:58 pm

  30. Marketman says:

    He goes into the depths of the fruit section I think and buys there from the guys just opening up crates of fruit. I suspect as soon as they see you or if you open your mouth, you get priced up to PHP50-60; it’s the same reason that I don’t go myself when I need fruit in bulk like 100 kilos of mangosteen for jam recently… :)

    Oct 22, 2007 | 9:02 pm

  31. Marta says:

    Can you please tell me what month of the year lansones (and atis) are sold at the Chinatown areas of Vancouver and Toronto? Thanks!!!

    Sep 18, 2008 | 6:25 pm

  32. betty q. says:

    Hey Marta…I asked a friend of mine who is a distributor of tropical fruits esp. mangoes…he said that during summer months like June- Sept, usually lanzones (from Bangkok) is available. I just bought 2 lbs. last week at $3.99 per pound in Vancouver Chinatown. I regret not buying all what the guy had….Upon returning home, i saw lanzones sold at other Asian produce stores at $6.99 per pound!….They were sooooo sweet!!!!

    Sep 27, 2008 | 2:27 pm

  33. Dr. Randy Tampo says:

    gud am,ive been to kinoguitan mis. oriental ive seen and tasted der lansones and taste very sweet and i observe that lansones from camiguin are more watery and meshy to eat.local folks say that der are more lansones in their province than the whole of camiguin province

    Mar 3, 2009 | 7:38 am

  34. beny reyes says:

    lanzones or “buahan” thye Queen of Philippine fruits

    Jul 15, 2009 | 8:04 am

  35. mary says:

    I’m an “avid fun” of eating this fruit. I can not help to stop myself from eating. I can eat 2kls in one time sit down eating this fruit.

    I wonder what are the vitamins and minerals can we get from this very delicious and juicy fruit. Can anyone explain.

    Sep 25, 2009 | 8:15 am


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