On an Island Born of Fire, The Sweetest Fruits in The Philippines
The Mindanao archipelago was believed to be abundant with tropical fruits, even before the first Spanish conquistadors landed in the neighboring islands. One particular kind was popular to the early settlers of Camiguin and was also believed to be magical. The fruit was characterized by its round shape, brownish and leathery skin, and translucent meat inside. When the fruit was ripe and harvested at the right season, it had a very distinct sweet taste. Stories about this magical, unnamed fruit easily spread among the families living on the island of Camiguin. Little did they know that the fruit wasn’t magical at all. Alas, it was even poisonous.