Tropical Fruits in Malaysia (P3)

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Starfruit (Belimbing)

So-named because, once cut horizontally, each slice is the shape of a star, this is another fruit native to Malaysia, with two distinct varieties: the first is a light green type that is salty in taste, while the second is a mellow yellow with a sweet undertone. Crisp in texture, the fruit is said to help lower your blood pressure.

starfruit

Watermelon (Tembikai)

Native to South Africa, watermelon is a popular fruit in Malaysia, largely because its red flesh has such excellent thirst-quenching properties. A large round fruit with a hard green outer layer, in Malaysia, the juicy red flesh is popularly blended with sugar water and served over ice at coffee shops.

Jackfruit (Nangka)

Shaped almost exactly the same as cempedak, jackfruit is slightly larger than its counterpart and available all year round. In Malay, it is called ”nangka” and, just like the cempedak, it can be eaten raw or dipped in flour and deep fried as a snack, although its golden yellow tough flesh is not as sweet as cempedak.

jackfruit

Strawberry (Strawberi)

Widely grown all over the world, strawberries are readily available in Malaysian supermarkets, where you will find two different varieties. The more expensive is imported from overseas, with far superior quality, much sweeter taste and softer texture.Strawberries grown in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands boast a harder outer layer and slightly sour undertone. Both smell deliciously sweet.

Pineapple (Nanas)

Eaten raw, diced with asamboi, tossed with salads, blended as juice, or served as a garnish to meals, pineapples are very popular. Its health benefits have helped it reach immense popularity in Malaysia, with locals swearing by its high vitamin C, iron and vitamin A. Beneath its oblong-shaped, olive green outer shell, the fruit flesh is hard, sweet-tasting but with a slight tangy undertone – the fruit has to be cut just right, as the acidic content of the small dark pigments on the flesh can cause tongue irritation.