The Sour Singkang, The Fake Pongkanita

I and my brother contributed 4,000 pesos each and bought almost 100 dalandan seedlings. Seedlings are not for us, its for our father’s farm. So they can have dalandan for sale after few years. Plants are grafted, they are expected to bear fruits in a couple of years.

They are now harvesting dalandan fruits. Almost all are sweet. They are so delectable that I can eat two kilograms in a row. Filipino tongue are really sweet, we love all sweet stuffs.small oranges

Oppss! A little rewind. I said that almost all trees bear sweet fruits. It means that some fruits do not. Indeed, there is one fruit with a different taste. Its very sour. It was a mistaken identity.Only my mom is able to eat such.

Last Saturday the fruit was featured on Jessica Soho: That was the only time I knew that the sour fruit is called singkang. It is very similar to small ponkan, the sweet ponkanita. I often call it pekeng pongkanita (fake).

One Indang farmer is maintaining singkang plantation. It looks like paradise but the fruit taste tells otherwise. You’ll never want to eat the fruit again after one try. The fruit is not as salable as other citrus commodities. He stated that some dealers are buying the fruit but most of them would never come back.

I am afraid that this farmer might cut all his trees and replace them with more salable crops. Well, this fruit has many potential uses:

1) Packed with vitamins and minerals like any other fruits.

2) A good replacement for calamansi. One singkang is equivalent to five calamansi. You might want to prepare singkang juice instead of calamansi.

3) A potential source of citrus pectin.

4) The fruit do not have good eating quality but it has great potential for commercial processing. For juice, concentrates, jellies and flavorings.

image courtesy of sfullenwider

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

7 Replies to “The Sour Singkang, The Fake Pongkanita”

    1. I never know the accurate scientific name but the closest match for this singkang are:

      Sour Orange (Citrus Aurantium)[http://www.vegtalk.org/fruits/sour-orange-citrus-aurantium-t1607.html]

      chinitto [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinotto]

      Daidai [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daidai]

      Citrus is a large family so identifying a species can be a hard task. Hope you could also inform me about your other findings!

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