As shown in the photo above, Layog Country Farm had its first harvest last year (2014) of rattan fruits or “littuko” as it is locally known in Mt. Province. The plant came to the farm as a gift from my deceased nephew Vicente Yaeng in 2010.
Rattan belongs to the palm family and is native to the tropical regions of Africa and Asia. The palm is a climber and is very dependent on the support of another plant, like a tree. This climbing palm is known for making furnitures, decorations and baskets. It is the same vine which bears these edible rattan fruits or “littuko”.
When you are at the Baguio fruit market you could easily notice these fruits sold in abundance.The fruit is as big as the size of a lanzones fruit but the skin is hard and looking like brownish-yellow snake skin in its outer layer.The flesh is brownish and is juicy but taste very sour. In some areas in the Philippines, they make wine, pickles and jam out of these fruits. In Mt. Province, we eat the fruit raw by dipping it in a vinegar with salt or just sprinkle it with salt.
We have 4 rattan palm vines existing in our farm and of the 4 rattan palms existing at the farm, there is only one palm which bears small seedless rattan fruit. It is sweet or not as sour as compared to the rattan fruit with seeds. We just wonder if this seedless rattan fruit we have belongs to another variety of rattan palm vine.