I believe that it is very important to try to help those in the local community who need a helping hand and that is why whenever we have extra cans of food or bags of chips or crackers, we donate them to the local food bank in our area. Many churches and humanitarian organizations also accept food and supplies and it is always a good gesture to donate to those who are in need..
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Rambutan is one of my favorite fruits in the Philippines. It looks a bit “hairy” on the outside, so just peel the skin and the inside is so soft and sweet…almost melts in your mouth like candy! Always peel it because sometimes ants or small insects may make their home on the “hairy” part of the skin. WASH them off well when you bring them home. They are VERY YUMMY!
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!
During my in the stay in the Philippines I saw many cacao trees in the Cagayan Valley which were bearing many cacao pods. These are the same fruits that can be dried to make chocolate. I tasted the sweet white beans from a ripe cacao. I wish I could eat cacao all year long. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to returning to the Philippines, buying some land, and planting cacao trees for my enjoyment.!
In the Cagayan Valley there are so many Banana plants, and there is often a banana flower on each banana plant. The banana flower is called the banana heart in the Philippines. In Tuao, Cagayan I have seen the banana heart prepared with egg and corn starch. It is very yummy! I am looking forward to returning to the Philippines for more heart of banana!