The New Year has always called for a huge celebration, as it marks a new beginning for everybody. But before the huge festivities, comes the effort of going to the market and preparing what will be served on the Media Noche table.
Along with this is the withstanding New Year tradition of having a bowl of round fruits on the table, as such is said to bring good luck. While some people do it twelve and others thirteen, it has always been a task to complete these numbers searching the market for possible fruits to display.
To make your fruit-picking easier, we’ve rounded up 18 round fruits you can choose from for your New Year tradition!
The pineapple is a tropical plant making it a common choice among Filipinos when it comes to the New Year fruit bowl. With a gold-like color from inside out and a crown-like top, the pineapple is truly an eye-catcher when placed with the other fruits in the bowl.
With its vibrant color, the orange is one of the fruits that would make your fruit bowl pop out. According to feng shui, the fruit is also said to signify wealth and good luck. In fact, one of the popular ornaments for feng shui is the 8 Orange Tree, a small plant-like decoration with eight hanging oranges, believed to bring prosperity to one’s home.
For fruit-lovers, a red apple is always a welcoming sight. Often signifying health, this fruit doesn’t only keep the doctor away, it is also an ideal round fruit to add on your Media Noche table list as it also represents wisdom.
Grapes are said to bring abundance to one’s home and it is not that hard to see why, as this fruit grows on vines as a cluster or bunch of 15 or so. It has differing colors like crimson, black, dark blue, yellow, green, orange, and purple.
A full-grown watermelon, of course, would take up too much space on the table and so it is common to Filipinos who live up to the fruit bowl tradition to buy the small ones called the sugar baby watermelons. It has a dark green rind with a less intense flavor compared to the big ones.
The popular type of melon we usually see is called the cantaloupe, with a pale greenish rind and a bright orange color inside. With its very round shape, it definitely gets into the criteria for your Media Noche table plus this sweet treat is sure to be a refreshing snack after New Year.
From the same family as the local rambutan, lychee is a round fruit with a thin rough skin and a sweet white flesh surrounding a large seed in its center. It has a fragrant scent and taste that resembles a mix between pears and grapes. Have this on your fruit bowl and its red color would surely fit the occasion.
An oval-shaped fruit the size of a hen’s egg, the kiwifruit or kiwi has a fibrous brown skin with pale green flesh that is quite complex in flavor. It is juicy and and has a creamy texture, with a taste often described as a mix between a strawberry, pineapple, and banana. If you haven’t tried one and can’t imagine its taste then it’s about time you try it!
A citrus fruit about the size of the cantaloupe, the pomelo has a thick yellow rind with a pulpy flesh that is either pink or yellow. The former often leans on the sour-tasting side of the pomelo while the ones with the yellow center are said to be sweeter.
The pear is a pale yellow fruit with a crisp texture resembling an apple. It has a sweet taste that recedes over time. The smooth peel of the pear is an appealing sight when combined among the other fruits on your table.
11. Longan Fruit
At first sight, the longan fruit can be mistaken for lanzones if not for its rough shell. It has a white flesh surrounding a black seed. Longan fruits are also used in Asian soups while dried longans are used for Chinese food therapy and herbal medicine.
12. Dragon Fruit
Given that dragons symbolize success and authoritative power in the Chinese Feng Shui, it is no surprise that the dragon fruit is also believed to bring wealth and good luck to people. A spherical bright pink fruit with scaly spikes on its interior, the fruit is also known for names like pitaya, strawberry pear, and thang. Its white flesh with small edible black seeds has a sweet flavor and crunchy texture resembling a mix between a kiwi and a pear.
A peach, locally known as milokoton or melokoton, has a fuzzy skin with two variants: yellow and white peaches. A yellow peach may have a red or pink blush mixing with its deep yellow skin, and has a golden tarty flesh that becomes less in sharpness as it ripens. Meanwhile, the white ones have pale and pink skins with a white flesh that tastes sweet whether it is firm or soft.
Guava is one of the most popular local fruits as its trees are a common sight among provincial neighborhoods. It has a green rind that is thick and hard with a pale white to bright pink flesh. Its sweet flavor varies from mild to strong depending on the fruit’s ripeness. The guava is a fruit close to the hearts of Filipinos, making it more fitting to a Filipino Media Noche.
Also known as Sapodilla fruit, chico is a round brown fruit with a mushy flesh. It is sweet, juicy, and has a rich granular texture that is sure to be a yummy snack after New Year. It is also a source of skin-moisturising vitamins like Vitamin A, C, and E.
Lanzones or langsat, is pale yellow fruit with a white flesh resembling the rambutan. It is easy to peel and has a sweet taste similar to grapefruit but with less bitterness. Since this fruit also grows in clusters, you can put a bunch of this on your fruit bowl.
The common plums in the Philippines are the Java plum or duhat, and the Jambolan plum or lipote. Both plums grow in clusters and have dark peels with colors from dark purple to black. These fruits also have a sour to sweet taste, often being used for jams and wine.
The pomegranate, or more locally known as the granada fruit, has a shiny red rind with white spongy flesh packed with clusters of red seeds. Like most fruits, a pomegranate’s taste may range from sour to sweet, depending on its ripeness. In Indian and Pakistani cuisine, the dried pomegranate seeds can also be turned into a spice called anar dana.
How about you? How many fruits do you often put on your Media Noche table?