DUKU LANZONES: It Has Its Own Good Qualities

DUKU LANZONES: It Has Its Own Good Qualities

 

DUKU LANZONES: It Has Its Own Good Qualities

 

A DUKU LANZONES laden with ripening fruits at the Sarian Farm in Teresa, Rizal. Photo taken on October 1, 2015. In a couple of weeks, the fruits should be fully ripe.

Duku is a lesser known variety of lanzones compared to the popular Longkong from Thailand. But Duku also has its special qualities that growers and consumers will appreciate.

The Duku is a very prolific tree. The clusters are loose compared to the compact bunch of Longkong. In a way, this is an advantage because the bunches are well ventilated. The flesh has more chewy character and with a distinct flavor which some people prefer.

The skin is thicker than that of the Longkong. This is an advantage because as a result of that itย has a longer shelf life. Even if the peel is thicker, it is very easy to open the fruit by pressing it with the thumb and index finger. Duku fruit is also latexless like Longkong.

Even without fruit, Duku is easy to distinguish from Longkong and our Philippine lanzones. The Duku leaves have more rounded tips. As the picture above shows, Duku performs well in Teresa, Rizal.

DUKU LANZONES: It Has Its Own Good Qualities
Photo shows the compact fruit bunch of the longkong lanzones.

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