Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Plants of Malaysia

Despite the rainy season local fruits are found in the markets and fruit stalls by the road sides. Yes. The fruiting season of some fruit plants in the east coast of Malaysia, namely at the state of Terengganu, is here. My favourite fruit manggis (mangoesteen), durian, duku and langsat (Lansium)and salak. In my recent trip to Sabah, I found the fruit called tarap (or terap as it is called in Peninsula Malaysia.

If you have not seen some of these fruits, you can have a peek here.

Terap : Artocarpus odoratissimum (family Moraceae)

Look like cempedak but has a very different taste. The colour of the edible part is white and somewhat more "slippery" when swallowed. The order and "slippery" texture may be the reasons for its lesser appeal compared the two other cousins, nangka and cempedak.  It is this unpopularity that makes the plant becoming less and less visible in peninsular Malaysia as the years go by.

Picture taken in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Duku : Lansium domesticum (family Meliaceae)

Langsat and duku are closely related. Langsat has softer skin and softer edible jelly part. Duku has slightly tougher skin and more solid jelly part, more delicious as compared to langsat, and of course fetches higher price.
Picture taken in Terengganu, Peninsula Malaysia.

Manggis : Garcinia indica (Family Clusiaceae)

Manggis is one of my favorite fruits.  I seldom fail to grab the fruit whenever I see it at the market or fruit stalls. The taste is a mixture between sour and sweet. The Peninsular Malaysia manggis has more of the sweet taste, but the manggis of East Malaysia somewhat has more of the sour. 

Salak :  Salacca zalacca (family Arecaceae)

Salak can be found in Malaysia and Indonesia. Terengganu salak is red in color but those from Sabah and Indonesia have dark brown skin and black seed.


Mawar said...

Prof Ungu
wah, musim buah-buahan! meriahnya rumah Prof. saya juga suka buah manggis. Alif Matiin sangat suka buah cempedak. suatu petang kami ke "pasar gergasi" dan dengan keterujaan penuh gembira Alif Matiin menjerit pantun "buah cempedak di luar pagar..." apabila ternampak buah tersebut. ada yang bertepuk tangan!

purplemelastoma said...

Dr. Mawar,
Alif Matiin berminda sasterawan, nampaknya ...