I traveled through Bayombong last year on the way from Manila to Tuguegarao, Cagayan. Bayombong is in the province of Nueva Vizcaya. There are many hills and mountains nearby. The scenery is very beautiful. If you go there you need to see St. Dominic’s Cathedral, Calvary Hill and go to the market where they sell citrus fruits of all types!
St. Dominic Cathedral
This is Calvary Hill
There are always many different types of Citrus fruits for sale at the market in Bayombong.
Locally grown bayabas trees in the Philippines (we know them as Guava) are green on the outside and a reddish color on the inside. I was not use to eating Guava that is green on the outside thinking that they are not ripe. In fact, by cutting one in half, they are a watermellon red color on the inside and sweet! They are grown all over the Cagayan Valley and can be harvested all year!
Calamansi, or Kalamansi, is a citrus fruit native to the Philippines. I saw many calamansi trees in the Cagayan Valley. This is where I got my first taste of the fruit. It seems to be almost like a hybrid of a Lemon and a Tangerine. It is often called the Chinese Orange. The taste, to me, was a bit sour, but is can be squeezed into juice or tea.
There are a wide variety of tropical fruit trees in the Philippines that are normally not grown in the Americas. The pomelo is a large citrus fruit and the tree is grown in many parts of the Philippines. The causal viewer may see the pomelo resembling a very large grapefruit. The pomelo must be peeled and the slices can be eaten as one would eat a grapefruit sprinkled with sugar.