No Lunar New Year celebration would be complete without some round fruits on the table.
In Chinese culture, it's believed that eating or giving them means good luck and prosperity for the year ahead. Round fruits symbolize unity, wholeness, and coins or money. Families opt to display eight of them as they consider it the luckiest number for its pronunciation "ba" that sounds like "fa," which translates to great fortune, wealth, and abundance.
On the hunt for prosperity baskets to welcome the Year of the Wood Dragon on Feb. 10? Look no further as PhilSTAR L!fe rounded up some brands offering eight lucky fruits along with other CNY essentials.
RC Fruits has a CNY Prosperity Basket (P1,499) with eight lucky fruits: Fuji apple for peace and security, pineapple for better health, Hami melon for unity, red grapes for a prosperous year, lemon for purification and a fresh start, ponkan for wealth, mango for happiness, and pomelo for good luck. It also includes a box of tikoy, eight golden choco coins, and one ang pao, making it perfect for gift-giving.
Seven Days of Greens
Priced at P1,888, Seven Days of Greens' prosperity basket features eight round fruits—pineapple, pomelo, ponkan, sugar kiat, grapes, navel orange, Fuji apple, and honey pear—as well as other freebies like a pack of premium fortune cookies and six lucky red envelopes.
You can also check out Fruit Loot's CNY Lucky Box (P1,500), with eight kinds of fruits such as sugar kiat for happiness, pomelo for family unity, red grapes for fertility and prosperity, pineapple for wealth, Korean pear for good luck, navel orange for abundance, apple for harmony and peace, as well as ponkan for good fortune and blessedness. It also contains tikoy and ang pao.
Dolce Frutta also has a fruit basket (P1,680) for CNY, which comes with pineapple, apple, orange, pomelo, grapes, pear, as well as peach for good health and persimmon for good business. It also contains tikoy and golden coins.
Baytown's Produce is here to complete your Lunar New Year celebration with a prosperity basket containing pineapple, Korean pear, orange, apple, pomelo, ponkan, grapes, and sugar kiat as well as tikoy, 2 kg rice, glutinous rice peanut ball or dumplings, fortune cookies, gold chocolate coins, gold bar, and ang pao. It's priced at P1,888.
You can also get a "Fortune 8" basket from C&F Fruits, which is offering eight round fruits as well as other items that symbolize abundance such as taro, rice grains, ginger, golden bills, ang pao—all in a golden prosperity bowl for P2,024.