Wonder what these are? These are not grapes or coffee beans. These are sour berries which grow abundantly in my home town in Nueva Ecija. Bignay fruits are like sour berries which grows in clusters of 20 to 30 per bunch. Mysteriously, (I like giving everything the wow! factor, so there) the berries never ripen at the same time.
These are bignay trees growing in our front yard in Nueva Ecija.
These are unripened bunch of bignay fruits. Most are red while some are still yellowish.
Even on these bunches, some are already dark but others still remain reddish in color.
In some Asian countries, Bignay is being processed into jams, wine and even in cooking dishes but I’ve never heard of those being done in the Philippines. Here, or at least as far as I know, bignay fruits are only eaten raw or tossed in salt.
Bignay is just one of my favorite citrus fruits native to Nueva Ecija. When I visited my home town last weekend, I was not able to see and taste some caramay, yantok fruits, balimbing and santol. Sour fruits rock!