One indigenous tree that yields fruits and leaves for cooking is popular in the Visayas but is little known in Luzon. This is the Batuan tree that is a favorite in Negros Island and some parts in the Visayas in cooking their native dish called “kansi.”
Kansi is somewhat like but quite different from the “bulalo” that is popular in Luzon.
The fruits and young leaves are used to impart a slightly sour but nice flavor to the soupy dish of kansi. Some people also love to eat the fresh fruit, dipping the same in bagoong or fish paste.
The tree in photo is growing in the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal. It has been pruned several times to maintain a low height. It is now flowering.