ANTIQUE | Rambutan Picking at Nica Farm

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Rambutan Antique Nica Farm

A moustached manong wearing his cap backwards was up on a tree, oblivious to everything. He was plucking rambutans from way up, throwing them down on a patched pail on the ground as soon as his hands become full. We were at Nica Farm in Antique and it was my first time to see rambutans on its native settings.

Rambutan Antique Nica Farm
A CARABAO TETHERED TO A RAMBUTAN TREE

The day was slightly overcast as we arrived at Barangay La Paz in the town of Tibiao, but we never did mind. Nica Farm is located on a lush patch of land in Antique. While my idea of a farm, growing up in Cabanatuan City, is of rice fields; this particular one, while has its share of carabaos, has no fields at all.

Rambutan Antique Nica Farm
ROWS UPON ROWS OF RAMBUTAN

What it has though are rows upon rows of rambutan trees. And it’s a refreshing scene from the usual farm I’m used to. In fact, the rows of rambutans are not only refreshing; they’re quite beautiful and poetic as well. A lush snaking tree tunnels of rambutans.

Rambutan Antique Nica Farm
PICKING RAMBUTAN IN ANTIQUE

Nica Farm, named after the owner’s youngest daughter, is actually a private fruit orchard. But they do open the place to tourists for fruit pickings during weekends for a very affordable fee. You can eat everything you picked and you can even bring some home at a much cheaper price than those being sold in the market (about PHP 35.00 to PHP 50.00 per kilo).

Rambutan Antique Nica Farm
YOU CAN EAT EVERYTHING YOU CAN PICK

Besides rambutans, Nica Farm also produces other fruits like mangos, pomelos, bananas, lanzones, durians, and mangosteens. Of those, we only got to try their pomelo which was quickly devoured by the group.

But really, I like rambutans better.

Rambutan Antique Nica Farm
RAMBUTAN PICKING IN ANTIQUE

While I think most Asians are familiar with the rambutan fruit, it being a tropical one. For Westerners, think lychee only with a wilder outer shell. The fruit is said to have originated from Indonesia, with its name coming from the word rambut which means hairy. You guess why.

Rambutan Antique Nica Farm
THE TREES AREN’T THAT HIGH, YOU CAN EVEN PICK FROM THE GROUND BY HAND

The usual rambutans Filipinos are familiar with are the red ones, the green ones usually considered as unripe. But that perception was squashed down while we were at Nica Farm. Here green rambutans rule. The farm folks told us that the green ones are actually much sweeter than its red counterpart.

Rambutan Antique Nica Farm
THE PINAY SOLO BACKPACKER ENJOYING HER RAMBUTAN

Well, to taste is to believe.

And cracking and tasting one green rambutan after another, we simply have to concur. It is true, at least, at Nicas rambutan farm.

 

 

Nica Farm
Address: Brgy. La Paz, Tibiao, Antique
Contact Number: +63 (927) 676-0634
Entrance Fee: PHP 50.00
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4 comments

  1. Ganda ng photos! Tsaka kamukha ni Gael yung nasa last pic. Hehe.

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  2. hahaha natawa ako kay Mark! lol wow! sikat na ako na-feature ang photo ko sa blog mu! hahaha uy, penge ng kopya nyang photo ha. teynk uuuu! :)

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    1. Haha adik ka! I posted the whole Antique people shots on my facebook fanpage, Gael :)

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