(First of three parts)
Next to the inviting beaches and an adventurous trek to its Mt. Hibok-Hibok, lanzones is the craze in Camiguin during the “ber” months of the year.
In its season, this pebble-like fruit hiding a sweet and tangy flesh inside is what you’ll see everywhere in the small island — as a welcome offering in hotels and establishments or as a decoration in some houses.
Annually, domestic and foreign tourists alike flock to the island dubbed born out of fire to join the Lanzones Festival celebrated in gratitude for a bountiful harvest.
While also abundant in some parts of the country, the fruit coming from Camiguin is said to be the sweetest due to the island’s rich volcanic soils where the plants flourish.
Often, you’ll see them sold by the markets, open basketball spaces near the capitol, or along the road freshly picked by island folks themselves.
But this year, Camiguin opened the fences of its lanzones farm to tourists who want a first-hand experience of picking the highly coveted fruit of the province.
In Mahinog, Camiguin sits the first lanzones farm tourism site brimming with over 800 trees that grow around 64,000 to 80,000 kilos of langsat annually.
An entrance fee of P200 is already a steal for a day-long unlimited pick-and-eat frenzy inside the 6.9-hectare plantation.
Since lanzones is a seasonal fruit, tourists who want a taste of it are advised to book for flights and hotels from September to November.
Still, the best time to visit is on the second half of October, where the extravagant Lanzones Festival is held yearly. (To be continued)