Legends from the Philippines: “The story of the fruits named Lansones” (or lanzones)

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The story of the fruits named Lansones:

Lansones actually derives from the word lason, which is Tagalog for “poison.” There was once a time when the pale yellow globes lived up to their sinister name.

The cream-colored clusters were said to have originated from Paete, Laguna. They were so poisonous that even the ants on its branches died on the spot. But all that changed when a kindly old man named Mang Selo paused to rest under a shady tree while passing through the thick Paete forest on his way home one morning. He looked about for some nuts and berries to eat, but to his dismay, only the notorious lansones trees were nearby.

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Faint from hunger, Mang Selo fell asleep and dreamt of a beautiful angel who plucked a fruit from the lansones tree for him to eat. Sensing his reluctance, the heavenly being pinched the tiny fruit to draw out the poison. Mang Selo awakened to find fruit peelings on the ground next to him. His curiosity and hunger soon overcame his fear of the lansones, and he cautiously peeled one and bit into it. His gamble paid off, and he ended up relishing the fruit’s sweet, refreshing taste. In gratitude to the angel who had saved him from hunger, he spread the word that the lansones were no longer poisonous, and that the brown spots on their skin were the fingerprints of the benevolent spirit who pinched the poison away.

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Lanzones Festival is held every third week of October and it is a four day grand celebration of the lanzones fruit.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Veena S. says:

    What a healing story. I’ve heard a slight different version about the angel ( an old woman traveller) going from house to house for water, food…till she comes to this man’s house. He gives her water. she walks to the tree and begins eating the Lansones fruit…and offers the sweet edible fruit to the old man. Life flows from fruit to man. No poison.
    I’m a storyteller based in India. recently told the story of Maksing and Pagong:)

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    1. Thank you so much dear Veena for your visit and your beautiful comment 🙂 Your version of the story sounds much nicer. I noticed that stories tend to have different versions, which gives us options to choose the one we like best LOL! I would have used yours instead! I visited your blog but I did not find the story of Maksing and Pagong. Do you have a direct link? I would love to read it! ❤ Warm regards, Amira

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      1. Veena S. says:

        No I do not write stories on my blog…as yet. Just travel tales from markets.
        Check many versions of the story on Internet . I read and adapt it to my own telling style. (https://www.worldoftales.com/Asian_folktales/Filipino_folktale_45.html#gsc.tab=0

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        1. Oh OK, thank you so much for the link! 🙂 I look forward to checking the site!

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