Blessed with beautiful weather all year round and fertile land, there is no wonder that Davao is known as the Philippines’ Fruit Basket. You will find that there are a lot of plantations rooted here that offer some of the most exotic fruits sold in both the local and international markets.

With that said, if you find yourself traveling to this part of the Philippines – the Southern island of Mindanao that is, then we suggest trying all of the fruits that Davao City has to offer. There are plenty of fruits all year round, but there are several local ones that we believe you should try the most.

Durian - If there’s any local fruit in Davao City that should be on top of your must-try list, Durian should be it. You can’t miss it. It’s big and horny, and once opened, it has a distinct pungent smell anyone couldn’t possibly forget any time soon.

Photo courtesy of The Mindanao Daily Mirror

People either love it or hate it.

If this is something you’re going to try for the first time, don’t let the smell stop you. You’ll never know, it may be something you’ll love in the end. 

Mangosteen - There’s a lot of things people say about Mangosteen – including how notorious it is for staining clothes – but one of the things people are starting to learn about it is its health benefits.

Photo courtesy of Asian Policy

Not only is this local fruit sweet and delicious, but it is also rich in dietary fiber, Vitamin C, and minerals such as Magnesium and Manganese. It is also low in calories and has no saturated fats or cholesterol, perfect for those who don’t want to gain that excess weight.

Rambutan - This is yet again another example of don’t let the physical appearance sway you not to try it even before you had a taste. Rambutans may seem like nasty looking things given that they are hairy and very red, but once you open them, you may find that they are very sweet and very addicting to eat.


Photo courtesy of The Longest Way Home Blog

Pomelo - Pomelo is akin to a bigger grapefruit. This pulpy and citrusy fruit packs a punch with its sweet and tangy taste. It also is a great source of Vitamin C. It is perfect to eat on its own or as an added ingredient to your salads.

Photo courtesy of eKadiwa

Marang - You probably see the trend here. Marang is another local fruit that could make anyone’s head turn the other direction as soon as they see it. It does look like a Durian however it lacks that pungent smell, making it much more bearable. Its fleshy fruit inside with the size of seeds also makes it a lot easier to eat than a Durian’s.

Photo courtesy of Year of the Durian

There are plenty more fruits Davao City has to offer. It’s not called the Philippines’ Fruit Basket for nothing. You’ll see more fruits like bananas, pineapples, etc. once you visit the place. We just feel like these 5 are the ones should you prioritize as they aren’t regularly sold in most places.

As you plan your visit to Davao City to try your hands on these local favorites, why don’t you book your stay with us here at RedDoorz? You won’t find the best deals for accommodations anywhere else.


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