THE MARANG fruit in Negros Occidental looks quite different from the very round fruits usually available in Davao City.
The Negros Marang that we ate during our visit (March 31-April 2, 2014) is oblong and the arils inside are much smaller than those we have previously eaten in Mindanao but they are plentiful, maybe more than 400 per fruit. The fruit we tasted easily weighed 2.5 to 3 kilos.
The flesh of the Negros Marang is fine-textured, moderately sweet and not as aromatic as the Davao variety. Nevertheless, the Negros Marang is very nice to eat.
The Negros Marang is one of the locally grown fruits showcased at the Panaad Festival, a kind of special celebration held in Bacolod where the products of the different towns and cities of the province are exhibited. Unfortunately, there were not enough Marang fruits at the Panaad. Whatever small number available were immediately bought.
We will be germinating the seeds, hoping to find out if they will do well in Luzon.