I was home alone last night, my troop went out to attend a children’s party, I opted to stay at home since there were already too many of them, the invited by the invited, and out boredom I ate all the green mangoes on our sink top, which I handpicked from our front yard.  I dipped it in salted soy sauce, if that may sound superfluous but that’s the way how I ate it.

Munching over it while watching Gourmet, (another Koreanovela starred Kim Rae Won, by the way Gourmet is a very good material if you want to understand how culture influences the kind of food that we eat and how food is also a culture) My reckless thoughts keep grinding and I thought that we Filipinos really have a lot to say when it comes to mango, we have names for every stage of a mango fruit’s life.

Commonly, English language only have two names for a mango fruit, that is the green mango and the ripe mango, which is the yellow one. But Pinoys have more to that, take these for instance; (Some words are in Bisaya as I’m a native of Davao)

Putot – for a small very young fruit
Bangkalawag – for bigger green mangoes that has young crunchy seed
Gulang – for big green ones with fiber coated seeds
Gulang-gulang – for mangoes in between gulang and manibalang
Manibalang – for old crunchy just right for bagoong (call it salted rotten fish or whatever, but pinoys only have good thoughts about this delicacy) and sukang tuba dipping
Hinog-hinog – for a stage between ripe and manibalang
Hinog – for a ripe mango, this is the yellow one
Lata-lata – for a stage between ripe and overripe
Lata – for overripe ones
bulok-bulok – for mangoes between overripe and rotten ones
Bulok or dunot – for rotten ones

You see , we have more to tell than the foreign ones, and if you have more to these terms just leave a comment so we can add up to our vocabulary.

That’s for some reckless thinking dude, thanks for dropping by, see again for another experience in this side of town.


  1. Hi Vernz. I did not know there were so many names for the mango. The mangoes in Guimaras, where I live,is known for their sweet tasting mangoes, are in season and are the best mangoes I have ever tasted them. Some of my relatives eat the green mango, too, as you do. I prefer the ripe ones.

  2. Philippines being a tropical country is blessed to produce many types of mangoes, like the Pahutan, indian mango, kalabaw to name a few, and have the sweetest mango in the whole world. :)

  3. I didn't know all these words to describe the various stages of a mango's development.
    And to think we're not even discussing the many varieties!
    How about including those, too?

  4. Hi DAve, Guimaras indeed is known for its flawless mangoes, thanks for dropping by, get well soon.

  5. Josie, thanks for dropping by... we really have a lot of these right?

    Thanks again...

    Jo.attalife.....just me and my out of this world thinking hahaha!


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