WHENEVER we visit a place, we always look for plants or farm animals that we think will interest our readers. Just like when we visited recently the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Batac City in Ilocos Norte.
We met Dr. Gliceria Pascua, a recent retiree, who used to be in charge of the fruit crops nursery. Now, the position has been taken over by her daughter, Glisten Faith.
Dr. Pascua, together with her daughter, briefed us on the fruit trees of interest. One of them is the Rabanal star apple which was registered with the National Seed Industry Council by Dr. Sixto Pascua, Jr., Glisten’s father.
Rabanal Caimito or star apple is outstanding in a number of ways. It was the best caimito selection, national category, by the then Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) in 1995.
The fruit is big compared to other varieties. It weighs an average of 379.7 grams each. The flesh is creamy white to purple, very sweet (18.9 degrees brix) and the edible portion is 69.6 percent.
This variety is a regular bearer and is very fruitful, according to Glisten.