What is a Calamansi?
Calamansi, also known as calamondin, or Philippine lime is a type of citrus fruit native to the Philippines.
They’re called Calamondin in the USA and rare and usually found only in Florida.
Calamansi are green and sour when unripe and yellow and sweet when ripe.
Calamansi has a unique and intense flavor all its own. When cut, a calamansi may look like an orange, but tastes much tangier like a lemon or lime. They are tropical and aromatic. This fruit can be used just like you would lemon or lime.
Calamansi Used in Food & Drinks
Calamansi is commonly used in traditional Filipino cuisine. Most often used on fish and seafood, it’s also used on fowl and pork. The juice is used to marinade and baste grilled chicken, pork, and seafood.
Calamansi has many uses in cooking. Squeeze on food or use as dipping sauces, marinades, flavoring for sorbet, jams, in tea, water, or my favorite, as a juice.
Calamansi juice is the Filipino version of lemonade and limeade. It cuts thirst with a distinctive flavor. Strong and sour, it is very refreshing in the tropical Filipino climate and best served cold.
Calamansi may be tiny, but each Calamansi packs a citrusy punch that’s refreshing, tasty, high in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and electrolytes.
The Many Uses of Calamansi
The fruit’s rind can be used for making essential oils, pectin, biogas, marmalade, and herbal applications.
The pulp can be used in making jam, juice, bleaching agents, cosmetics, vinegar, powders, win, marinades, flavor enhancers, chasers, hair conditioners, deodorant, Vitamin C supplements, disinfectants, and deodorizers.
The plant’s leaves can be used in food flavoring, herbal medicine, compost materials, and pesticides.
Calamansi seeds can be used as planting materials, pectin, and as an ingredient in a jelly spread.
The plant’s stems and roots can even be used for decorative crafts, as firewood, and even for building fences!
Benefits of Calamansi
- Balances Cholesterol Levels
- Boosts Immunity
- Increases Collagen Production
- Lowers Acidity
- Promotes Collagen Production
- Controls Diabetes
- Cures Cough & Phlegm
- Aids in Weight Loss
- Stops Body Odor
- Improves Respiratory Health
- Maintains Glucose Level
- Detoxifies the Body
- Improves Oral Hygiene
- Bleaching Agent
- Improves Blood Circulation
- Cures Colds & Fever
- Acts as a Laxative that aids in Constipation
- Strengthens teeth and bones
- Improves Skin & Hair Conditions
- Lowers Hypertension
- Prevents Cataracts
- Reduces Fatigue
The Philippines is the only major producer of calamansi.
The majority of the Philippines’ calamansi comes from the province of Oriental Mindoro — this could be because of their evenly distributed rainfall, as well as their loam soil. Their fruits reportedly have a thicker rind, stronger taste, and longer shelf-life than those from other regions like Batangas and Nueva Ecija.
My Favorite Calamansi Foods & Drinks
- Calamansi Juice
- Calamansi Cupcakes
- Vanilla Bean & Calamansi Flan
- Calamansi Cheesecake
- Angel Food Cake with Calamansi Glaze
- Chicken Calamansi
- Calamensi Smoothies
- Calamansi Bars
- Calmanasi Marmalade / Jam
- Calamansi Zing Chocolate Truffle
- Calamansi Gingerade
Popular Products that Contain Calamansi
Mansi is a great tasting Calamansi juice. Fortunately it’s available for purchase online … just click the link above or the image below to learn more about or purchase this product.
Calamansi Juice Extract
This is a great product to use in cooking foods and making drinks when fresh calamansi fruit is not available.
Papaya Calamansi Soap
This is a soap I often use while in the Philippines. It is enriched with Vitamins and Antioxidants, and 2 potent ingredients – Papaya, known to effectively whiten skins, and Calamansi, known to lighten stubborn dark spots. I like the long-lasting scent.
Video of a Calamansi Farm
READ MORE: Popular Tropical Fruits in the Philippines