Fruits of Malaysia
Malaysia is blessed with a large variety of fruits. Most of us enjoy eating these fruits. They range from very sweet ones that make our teeth hurt to very sour ones that make our teeth numb. Whatever our preference we can always find some that we like.
Some fruits are seasonal while some fruits are perennial. The famous durian, which is also known as the ‘king of fruits’, is a seasonal one. This fruit appears in abundance around the month of May and once again around the month of December every year. The popularity of this fruit is undisputed as people from all walks of life can be seen surrounding the vendors when the durians are in season.
The average size of a durian is that of a football. Its outer skin is hard and spiny. We have to be very careful not to be pricked by the many sharp spines. Inside the durian is a different story altogether. A good durian contains seeds coated with sweet yellow flesh. The flesh also emits a powerful aroma that needs getting used to. Most locals love the taste and smell but visitors to our country usually find the smell unbearable.
Other seasonal fruits are the rambutan, langsat, duku, rambai, mangosteen and so on. All of them have their unique taste and are consumed in large quantities when they are in season.Off season we have the perennial fruit like banana, guava, mango, pineapple,papaya etc. They can be found in every fruit stall. There are also other fruits like the mata kuching that are not so popular. There are also poisonous fruits that no one dares to touch.
All in all I woud say that we are very fortunate to live in a land which is not only rich with its different races and cultures but is also filled with succulent fruits that we can enjoy to our hearts’ delight.
Yeap Yee Lin (48)
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