from Thailand is the most expensive fruit in the world
today. Its price ranges from P350 to P600 per kilo, so
much higher than our local Paete Lanzones which costs
only P60 to P100 per kilo.
A bunch of seedless, sweet
and latex-free Longkong fruit weighs 1/2 to 2 kilos.
This variety can be grown locally as proven by those
who planted several years ago.
Longkong grows faster than
Paete and bears fruits after 5 years when grafted;
compared to Paete which bear fruits only after 7 years
or even more from the date of planting.
Existing Paete lonzones and
even the sour Jolo variety can be transformed to
Longkong through topworking and inarching.
Unproductive shoots or watersprout on big trunk that
are often removed because they become liabilities to
the tree, can be grafted with Longkong scion. In just
two years, the grafted scion will bear high quality
Longkong fruits. While Paete lanzones thrives best in
partially shaded areas, Longkong can be planted
without shading provided that there is adequate
irrigation especially during summer.