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The Philippine 'Islands.
The durien, however, is extremely luscious. It is large as a pineapple, and has a delicious white pulp. It requires a great deal of courage to open it, as the rough outside-skin has a monstrous odor of decaying flesh.
The favorite fruit is the mango. Of this, quantities are partaken daily in the season.
Guava, from which jelly is made, grows wild.
The pawpaw tree also grows wild, and is valuable to the natives. The bruised leaves exude a saponaceous liquid, that is used in the washing of clothes, and has the cleansing effect of soap. The fruit is cooling, but tasteless. It is said to contain pepsin, and is used by invalids with weak digestion.
Bananas are both wild and cultivated ; seventy-seven varieties are found on the islands. The fruit is a staple article of food ; and a cloth is woven from the fibre that natives make up into garments. A coarse paper is also made of it.
a typical native fruit-girl.a typical native fruit-girl.