Market goers in Cagayan de Oro City are abuzz with excitement over the freshest and biggest harvest pick in Cogon Market—a giant singkamas (yam bean, native turnip or jicama) weighing more than 10 kilograms.
The giant singkamas, which was bought from a supplier in Sultan Kudarat, weighed 10.6 kilos.
According to vegetable distributor Minie Poquita, she has never seen a singkamas so large and heavy in her 10 years of selling vegetables.
Poquita added that she even mistook the singkamas to be another vegetable.
“Tingala lagi mi dili man siguro ni singkamas. Kalabasa man siguro ning naa sa sako (Nagtaka talaga kami, akala naming kalabasa ang nakita naming sa sako),” she told ABS-CBN News.
She also revealed that she has no plans of selling the singkamas no matter how much the buyer is offering to pay for it.
According to the Department of Agriculture, the weight of Cagayan de Oro’s giant singkamas is half of Indonesia’s world record of having a singkamas (known in Indonesia as bengkuang) weighing 20 kilos. — Report from Rod Bolivar, ABS-CBN News Northern Mindanao