BATANES PINE/ ARIUS
Unique to Philippines' northernmost province Batanes, Arius-- also known as the Batanes fruit, Batanes berry, or Batanes pine—grows too in mainland Luzon. But it does not fruit in Luzon nor in other areas outside of Batanes. These are fleshy fruits which become brightly colored from red to purple when mature. As these berries are not popularly eaten in the province, they are eaten just by birds from dispersing the seeds in their droppings.
(Source: Agriculture and Fisheries Market Information System- Department of Agriculture and Bureau of Agricultural Resource – Department of Agriculture, Date accessed 20 March 2014)
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The Batanes pine is propagated by means of its seeds. It grows best in full sun to light shade and well-drained areas. While the plant grows well in places outside its natural habitat it does not fruit like in Batanes.
The tree grows 1-5. 5 meters in height. It is durable and grows "very slowly" up to a height of 25 meters in coastal rocky areas at elevations from sea level to 300 meters. It has a life span of 70 to 200 years.
(Source: Technological resource center- Department of Science and Technology, Date accessed 20 March 2014)
Arius is harvested from late July up to early October. The limited harvest period should be maximized.
The fruits are easy to harvest with their shoulder-level height, so people will enjoy fruit picking. Ecotourism can thrive with such fruit-picking activity and could enhance Batanes's reputation as a rare tourist area that's rich in cultural and historical values.
Batanes is conducive to fruit production with its average rainy days of 22 days a month at a length of 10 to 30 minutes daily, similar to how it usually rains daily in Mindanao, Philippines' fruit basket. The winds, though, has an adverse effect on most fruits