When I think of Antipolo, I think of mostly these three things, suman (glutinous rice), mangga (mangoes) and kasuy (cashew nuts). Although these three are not native to Antipolo City in the province of Rizal - where suman and kasuy may come in other areas, while mangoes usually brought from Pangasinan or Zambales, Antipolo is still one of the best choices to getting your fix of suman-mangoes-kasuy with just about an hour or so away from Metro Manila.
After a visit to Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Nuestra Señora dela Paz y Buen Viaje) a number of stalls lined near the entrance of the church await every visitor. Piles of suman (glutinous rice usually cooked in coconut milk and sugar then wrapped in coconut leaves) and mounds of roasted kasuy (cashew nuts) were somehow shouting at me as I could not decide how much to buy. The lady vendor at the Nimfa Cora Mestiza Special Pasalubong even enticed my friend Michelle to try eating the suman after dipping into a jar of coconut jam. After taking the photos I needed, I bought suman and lots of cashew nuts.
Other pasalubong (take home treats) goodies and delicacies available were broas, peanut brittle, polvoron, turrones de mani, lengua, uraro and glazed peanuts.
This article was initially published at my food blog Eat To Your Heart's Content