from the plural Spanish word manzanitas

Mansanitas are local fruits that look like very small apples.


Filipinos jokingly refer to these fruits as “cherries” because Western-style cherries don’t grow in the tropics.

Mansanitas Fruit on Tree

Scientific names of fruits referred to as mansanitas:
Rhamnus jujuba  and Zizyphus mauritiana 

The Filipino word for ‘apple’ is mansanas and for ‘cherry’ is seresa.