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Travel Around Philippines With These Fruits in Season!

These tasty pineapples, mangoes, and watermelons will surely make you feel like you're on a vacation!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public has been told to stay healthy—eat fruits and vegetables, get enough sleep, and maintain good hygiene practices. We were also told that we cannot travel for leisure at the moment, and only essential flights such as medical missions and sending of relief goods will be catered by commercial airlines due to the quarantine guidelines.

Because of this, many have had to re-book their flights and re-date their vacations to follow COVID-19 quarantine guidelines. It’s a bummer to everyone who’s been looking forward to their well-deserved vacation with loved ones, but we have to remember that these little sacrifices go a long way in combatting the coronavirus. (Read: Want a happy, healthy life? Experts suggest eating the rainbow!)

Good thing, My Pope has found a way for you to travel while staying healthy! Read on to see what we mean!

Fly down south for Bukidnon’s tasty pineapples.

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Photos from Bukidnon Facebook; (Right) Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Pineapple is a versatile fruit—you can put it in your ulam, on top of a pizza, and also on dessert. But aside from its versatility, the pineapple is also a good source of Vitamin C, can boost immunity, and even aid in digestion. Talk about an all-around fruit! (Read: 4 Key Facts to Remember When Buying Health Supplements)

Luckily, we have a local source of fresh and juicy pineapples in the country, specifically Bukidnon in Mindanao. These pineapples are only in season from May to July, so purchase some now!

Here are three healthy recipes you can make with sweet pineapples: Sticky Pineapple Chicken; Thai Pineapple Fried Rice; Pineapple Cobbler

Drive up north for Pangasinan’s watermelons.

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Photos from Department of Tourism Region 1; (Right) 8photo / Freepik

Pangasinan is known for the famous Hundred Islands, its beautiful beaches, and waterfalls. People flock to the province to enjoy the sun and water, relax in its serene environment, and of course, try their sweet watermelons!

Yes, Pangasinan is also known as the Pakwan Capital of the Philippines. Tourists should never miss trying out the freshest and juiciest watermelons the province can offer during the months of March to July.

Here are some healthy dishes you can cook using watermelons: Watermelon Sinigang; Watermelon Tart; Watermelon Salad

Travel to Guimaras for sweet, sweet mangoes.

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Photos from Itsgonnabmay Instagram / Deal Grocer; (Right) ThaiThu / Shutterstock / Chowhound

Undoubtedly a Filipino favorite, mangoes are snacked on by many, whether it is ripe or not. Some people eat it ripe as a healthy dessert after a hearty meal, while some prefer it unripe, with its sour taste paired with bagoong, as an afternoon snack. (Read: Bring the Pahiyas festival to your home by making your own Kiping!)

Whether you like it yellow or green, Filipinos definitely make sure that from March to June, there is a steady supply of mangoes on their table. And why not? Mangoes are so good that it can be a go-to dessert even by kids!

Here are a few healthy recipes you can make with mangoes: Mango Chicken with Coconut Rice; Fresh Mango Salsa; Mango Lemon Bars

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