The traditional Filipino New Year’s celebration includes offering 12 circular fruits on the dining table which symbolizes wealth and prosperity. In Christian Tradition, the 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit represents these wisdom listed below:
But the only thing that reminds me of these fruits is that they bring swerte or fortune. My grandmother always rushes to the market right before dinner on December 31st to collect whatever kind of fruits that is round.
This year, unlike the past New Years that I’ve been through, I saw somewhat a different fruit present on the center table. I was a bit amazed of its texture and I thought it was some sort of a baby pineapple or an unborn curled up armadillo. During before 12 midnight, I saw posts on Instagram with the same fruit that I saw and the tag says “Calape.”
To add up to the mystery, there were no fruits named Calape on Google and what’s worst is that my 2015 was left hanging with this mysterious fruit.
This page was drafted on January 2, 2016.
Here is the update:
The fruit which kept me hanging was called AGUAJE. The locals called it here (according to the price tag) as CALAPE. I don’t know why but I guess Calape sounds cool.
Aguaje is a palm tree fruit with a deep chest nut in color. The fruit that I opened has a brownish yellow and with a nut on the inside. It is full of vitamin C and it is used to make juice, jam, ice cream and fermented wine.
Because at first I thought it looked like a baby curled up armadillo, I was not able to taste it. Probably next year, or maybe if I see one on the market.