MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, Nov 3 (PIA) –- This island province is synonymous to sweet lanzones. It’s October festivities center on this lucrative industry. After years of study to better improve the shelf life of its renowned fruit, the island now starts introducing a new variety called “camlong” or the Camiguin longkong lanzones.
The camlong is a cross breed of the local variety and longkong – a variety usually grown in Thailand and Indonesia.
Longkong is described to be almost seedless and with a skin or peel that has almost no latex.
Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualso said that for seven years, they had been doing studies to produce the camlong variety.
“We tried mixing both because locally grown lanzones fruits usually change its color four days after harvest, although its sweetness and taste remain superb,” Romualdo said.
With the new variety, the island now produces not only very sweet lanzones, but has longer shelf life as well.
The provincial government runs its own nursery and produces this kind in Mahinog town.
Guests and visitors in the recently concluded Buahanan Festival (Lanzones Festival) which was celebrated in the island last week, got the chance to visit the demo farm and eat as many lanzones they could gather straight from its branches.
For the tourist, nothing is more fun and exciting than picking and enjoying the fruit straight from the tree.
Inviting as it may, unfortunately, lanzones is a seasonal crop. It produces fruits only in late September to early November. (PIA 10)