The Rarest Wild Raspberry Of The Philippines

Sampinit is probably the rarest and most unpopular fruit in the Philippines that you will only hear it from either the mountaineers who had already climb the abundant Mount Cristobal or the locals in the provinces of Laguna and Quezon, where said mountain stand. In addition, the most popular search engines show only a few articles or posts talking up sampinit.

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This fruit is only available in a short period, specifically during summer so it is kind of expensive compared to other tropical fruits. Plus, due to the way it is being harvested; it requires extra effort. Enduring the scorching heat of the sun and and getting past the thorny trees surrounding Mt. Cristobal are more than enough of that extra effort.

The locals prefer to gormandize this fruit straight from the bush which I also did when I ate some during our “take 5” on that part of the mountain where these wild raspberries sprout like grass in farms. According to our guide, sampinit is actually tastier when it is added with a bit of salt or when you let it sit on the salt for a few minutes. The reason is, the salt penetrating through its textured skin brings out more of that berry juices–slowly. The latter is a common way of eating sampinit in Laguna.

Sampinit tastes a bit sour like a ripe tamarind yet saccharine. It is smaller and more delicate compared to the commercially available raspberries.

I was fortunate I got a photo of this wild raspberry, which I now consider one of Mount Cristobal’s  most precious treasures, last 06 March 2011 when I and my hiking buddies summited said mountain.

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53 thoughts on “The Rarest Wild Raspberry Of The Philippines

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  2. Wonderful photo! I don’t usually think of fruit as being textured, but this wild raspberry sure has some great texture. Very good entry!


  3. great photo & info, this blog world is really big, I haven’t yet stumbled on this “weekly photo challenge” but it is good that you introduced me to blogging, I have to finish the “nursery” phase though… nice work Sony!


    • Maybe because vibrant colors are usually seen on flowers. It’s okay if you mistook my entry for something else. And yeah, I interpreted the word, textured, through a subject that is not usually associated with it. Still, I’m glad you like it.


  4. A very merry berry indeed! I was not familiar with this type of raspberry until now. It may be a bit sour, but it looks simply divine. I am currently envisioning myself on a tropical island enjoying this fruit. The palm trees are swaying in the breeze, the sun is shining, and the fruit is so amazing…


    • Thanks for noticing that. I actually made this post sticky in relation to the CHRISTMAS SEASON. Don’t you think the colors are so “Christmas”?

      I hope one day you’ll visit the Philippines to have a feel of a real tropical country just in case you haven’t been to that particular part of the globe.

      The last part of your comment is captivating just like this photo to you. Makes me want to go back to the province and feel the breeze at the ricefield as the sun shines … That’s so country and I really like it!


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