5 Best Places in the Philippines to Go Fruit Picking
One of the best ways to keep your kids off from the smart phones is by bringing them close to nature. If you are seeking for a fun, unique and affordable family-friendly activity, why don’t you take our kids to an orchard or plantation? Let them do fruit harvesting on their own.
Here are some of the best fruit-picking destinations in the Philippines where you can take your whole family and friends:
Strawberry Picking in La Trinidad, Benguet
Strawberries are commonly found in the country’s summer capital – Baguio City. In fact, strawberry picking is considered one of the best activities to do in the pine city most specifically if you are with the kids. During strawberry season, which usually starts from November to May, visitors may pick and pay for strawberries at the Strawberry Farms in La Trinidad, Benguet, which is approximately 30 minutes away from Baguio City.
Orange Picking in Sagada, Mountain Province
Sagada is best known for its delicious oranges. Thus a lot of people who visit the Mountain Province used to take home bags and bags of this zesty fruit. In one of the top restaurants in Sagada, the Rock Inn and Café, there is a lush orange plantation where guests can roam around and pick oranges by themselves. After wandering around the orange orchard, guests may sit down at their elegant Café Bodega and enjoy a sip of fresh orange juice or pancakes with orange marmalade along with the café’s flavorful meals. Orange picking season in Sagada starts from November to February.
Grape Picking in Bauang La Union
While La Union is best known for its surfing spots, it is also a home to numerous grape farms in La Union. One of its biggest grape farms is the Lomboy Farms in Bauang which grows over 50 varieties of grapes in its 20-hectare farm, and has been around since 1972. Thus, it is considered the pioneer in Philippine vineyards. Gapuz Grape Farms in the same area also offers vineyard tours and grape-picking packages for visitors. The best time to go grape-picking is during summer.
Raspberry Picking in Dolores, Quezon
Yes, we have raspberries here in the Philippines! The Philippine’s wild raspberry or ‘Sampinit’ is a rare variety of this bright red fruit which are often encountered by mountaineers hiking in Mount Cristobal. Although people from Manila aren’t that familiar with this tart-tasting fruit, it is quite popular with locals in the provinces of Quezon and Laguna.
In the Bangkong Kahoy Valley in the highlands of Dolores, Quezon, they found a way to cultivate said local raspberries. Guests may also pick fresh fruits at the farm’s designated fruit picking area. They also sell products made from fresh raspberries like raspberry jam, raspberry flavored jelly, iced tea, vinaigrette salad dressing and pastries, while their raspberry shake is their best seller.
Pili Nut Picking in Naga City, Camarines Sur
The Bicol region is best known for its Pili, a type of hard shelled nut which tastes similar to almonds. While many visitors have encountered the roasted or unsalted nuts sold at the bus station, or the hard shell that covers the nuts, the raw from the said fruit looks like a smooth purplish black fruit.
Visitors can go pili nut picking at the Hacienda de Naga Adventure Park, an eco-tourism spot in Carolina in Uptown Naga City. One of their crowd’s favorite is the Pili shake at the park’s in-house restaurant, the Ranchero Grill.