Sarawak is a land of plenty. The jungle here is actually a rich source of fruits and food. Therefore, it is no wonder that the natives of this place can live in the jungle without any problem.
This is sour eggplant. I understand that this can be found only in E.Malaysia. The taste is sour and the flesh is crunchy. When cooked, it become soft. The people here like to cook curry with this. I saw the Iban cook them in soup also. The taste is good...I actually like it but have never attempted to cook one myself.
This is a wild fruit. Someone nicknamed it as "canon ball". The Iban called it mauwan (A reader told me that Iban normally pronounce it as buah "embawang"). The tree is tall... in fact very tall. I think it can grow anything like 40-60 feet. My mother told me that if this thing drop on one's head, it will be sure death!
My memories of this fruit was not positive. I remember having to dip it in sugar or else it was simply too sour. But now, after eating a few this season, I found that this fruit can be sweet. But it is very fibrous. So, if anyone has constipation, this fruit will definitely cure the problem!
The skin of this fruit is very thick. To open it, I need to slice the skin and peel it, exposing the flesh. Then I need to use my special knife to slice the flesh off. The trick is actually not to peel all the skin off otherwise it will then be too slippery to handle.
I came across this fruit - forgot the name. Anyone knows the name? (A reader told me that this fruit is called buah kundung). When I saw the fruit this season, I thought that it must be delicious as they look good.
When my Malay friend showed me how to peel the skin off, the taste instantly brought back memories. When I was young, I ate quite a lot of this fruit. It was everywhere but not anymore. The taste is also slightly sour. I can't actually describe the taste. All I can say is that it is unique!
These are some unique fruits available in E.Malaysia.