|Aratiles or Kerson Fruit|
Growing up as a child in the 80s, I was introduced to this cute fruit called Aratiles. We used to have a tree in our backyard where kids like us used to play. But it’s been almost three or four decades since the last time I had eaten such fruit. Hence, I was thrilled when my officemate Richie thoughtfully sent me aratiles via Lalamove while we are all under quarantine and lockdown.
Aratiles also known as Jamaican cherry or Kerson fruit is probably one of the least popular fruits. In fact, even my nephew Kyle didn’t know anything about it. Millenials nowadays grew up differently from my childhood years and sadly they had no wonderful childhood memories of this fruit as I did. I was surprised to learn the amazing health benefits of Aratiles.
With its scientific name, Muntingia calabura, Aratiles is a fruit from a tree whose individual fruits resemble American cranberries, which are from shrubs. A young Filipina from Iloilo named Maria Isabel Layson won the National Science and Technology Fair after she found out the good qualities and health benefits of this wonder fruit but often overlooked—Aratiles. Allow me to share with you the awesome health benefits of Aratiles. Check it out below: