Zeny Arenas goes to Teresa Orchard & Nursery

A long-time accountant in Los Angeles, USA, who is a lover of fruit trees and vacationing in the Philippines, visited Teresa Orchard and Nursery in Teresa, Rizal. She is Zenaida Arenas, a native of Calasiao, Pangasinan.

The Abiu from Brazil is one of the exotic fruits she liked very much. She is shown here with two slices of the Abiu fruit at  top left. This is a fruit that was introduced several years ago and has been proven to be highly adaptable to Philippine conditions. The other photos show her with Red Criollo cacao from Brazil, Vietnam pummelo in a rubberized container. In left photo below, she is posing with me, Zac B. Sarian, with the emerged blossom of Mama Sita banana. In the other photo, she is with her brother Demetrio who is a retired physics professor from UP Los Banos. They are posing with two big fruits of the latexless jackfruit originally from Malaysia.

Teresa Orchard & Nursery is multiplying these exotic fruit trees in big numbers and many fruit aficionados have planted them in their farms and gardens. Ms. Arenas will plant her Abiu and other exotic fruit trees in her farm in her hometown.

More on the exotic fruits shown here. The Red Criollo cacao bears fruit in just two years from planting the seedling. It is very prolific, too. While the first fruits are just ripening, new flowers would be emerging.
There are two varieties of pummelo from Vietnam at the Teresa Orchard & Nursery. One has white flesh while the other has red. Both are sweet and juicy. The white is called Nam Roi while the red one is Da Xhan. 
The Mama Sita banana is an introduced variety from Thailand through the efforts of the Mama Sita Foundation. The Foundation and the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) collaborated in field testing the same in the Philippines. After a few years of field-testing, it was found to be a promising variety for commercial planting in the country. The fruits could be eaten fresh and the taste is somewhat like a combination of the Latundan and Saba varieties. The fruit could also be boiled like the Saba variety, banana-cued, fried or made into chips.
The latexless jackfruit, on the other hand, has a number of desirable attributes. The inside of the fruit is practically latexless when it is ripe. Thus you don’t need to apply oil on the fingers to separate the edible from the inedible parts. The flesh is bright orange, plump when the tree is well nourished, and is sweet.
One other observation is that seedling trees bear fruit as early as 2.5 years from planting.
The Teresa Orchard & Nursery was the first to propagate this introduced variety in the Philippines. To date, thousands have been planted by fruit lovers in many parts of the country. 

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