Malaysia local fruits comes with different shape, color, size and taste. Some fruit comes with a spike, some with hair, some with a scary name such Snake Fruit (Salak Fruit). The fruit can be eaten fresh or local people mix the fruit as part of an ingredient in some dishes such tempoyak. Although most of the agricultural land in Malaysia is not fertile but hot tropical weather and rain throughout the year suitable for seasonal and non-seasonal fruit. For non-local its challenging to identify high-quality fruit because, the fruit meat or flesh quality was not evaluated through the condition of fruit skin like Apple fruit. A good example Mangosteen fruit, the darker and ugly the skin of the fruit the better quality of the fruit flesh. The size of Malaysia fruit tree are tall and big, its was planted by local farmers nearest to their house as a shade from direct sunlight. For seasonal fruit such Durian, Rambutan and Langsat month of July till early September are the peak season.
Malaysia Local Fruits prices was determined by:
- Season – Off season month of November – April
- Location – In the big city such Kuala Lumpur the prices was much more higher due the cost of transportation to transport the fruit to the city.
- Weather – The weather is the main contribution for production and taste of local fruit in Malaysia. If too much rain the fruit taste will become tasteless and watery.
List of Malaysia Local Fruits
Here is the list 5 Malaysia local fruit tourist should try during their holiday in Malaysia. All the fruit natively from Malaysia originally was grown wild in the forest. All the fruits list below, can be found at the market or fruit traders besides the main road. In Kuala Lumpur, the easy way to find this fruit tourist can visit China Town or Jalan Alor.
1. Durian – The King of Malaysia Local Fruits
Durian fruit was marked as The King of Fruit by Malaysian because the taste and the most expensive fruit in the market. Durian fruit is not only loved by the people, but also eaten by animals such as Tigers, Orang Utan and Sun Bears in the thick jungle. According to Malaysia of Agriculture there are 34 popular varieties Durian fruit can be found in Malaysia. The most popular species among Malaysian is Musang King and D24. The best Durian species has a thick meat with fine texture, sweet creamy and some bitter taste. Bad quality Durian has watery and soggy meat. Average weight for Durian within 800gram – 1.5 kilogram. Prices range RM18 – RM30 per-kilo depending on the season. Two decades ago, Durian only can be found during the fruit season. Durian season is only last for 45 days. Today, Durian fruit available throughout the year due commercially grown and introducing new clone species For the tourist who likes to try Durian, buy the smallest fruit as a sample. All Hotels in Malaysia do not allow their customers to bring in fruit Durian into the Hotel.
Durian Fruit contains Calcium, Potassium, and a variety of vitamin B.
2. Mangosteen – The Queen of Malaysia Local Fruits
Mangosteen is known as the Queen of Malaysia local fruits because the health benefit of Mangosteen fruit. The average size of the fruits is around Tennis ball size with the diameter around 4 – 5 cm. Mangosteen has dark purple color hard shell and pure soft white pulp. Mangosteen has sweet and sour taste similar like Strawberry. One of the way to identify the best Mangosteen fruit and ready to eaten is by monitor the shell color. Choose the dark purple or matte color and the shell quiet soft if make a soft press. Mangosteen usually be eaten fresh by using both hand make a gentle press to peeling the pericarp. All the Hotel in Malaysia not allowing Mangosteen to bring in into the Hotel because Mangosteen skin has color or sap that impossible to clean if stick on cloth. Average prices for Mangosteen in Malaysia is about RM8.00 per-kilo. Mangosteen fruit is seasonal fruit normally fruiting on Month of August -September
Mangosteen fruit contains Vitamin C, Iron, Niacin, Calcium, Protein, Fiber, Vitamin B1 and B2.
Benefit Mangosteen fruit useful to prevent Cancer, lower the Cholesterol, control blood pressure and anti-aging.
3. Rambutan Fruit – A fruit with hair
Rambutan fruit got its name from the word rambut (hair) and hutan (jungle). Rambutan has a exterior hair that easy to identify even thought the Rambutan fruit keep together with other Malaysia local fruits. Rambutan pulp texture like grapes and has sweet taste similar like Lychee fruit. There are several types of Rambutan is grown commercially in Malaysia and also by the villagers. Most of Rambutan Fruit species in Malaysia comes with two different color, Red and Yellowish. Prices for Rambutan Fruit within RM4.00 – RM7.00 per-kilo depending on season and location.
Rambutan Contain: Vitamin B1, B2, B3, high Vitamin C, Carotene, Calcium, Magnesium and Copper.
Benefit eating Rambutan Fruit: Prevent common flu and cold, healthy and youthful skin, prevent infections
4. Langsat Fruit – Transparent Fruit
Langsat fruit is seasonal fruit only can be found within a month of Jun – August. The unique about the Langsat fruit its has a transparent flesh, the seed size clearly can be seen. Normally Malaysian eating the Langsat meat together with the seed.
Benefit of Langsat fruit – as source of fiber to minimize constipated and prevent colon cancer.
5. Cempedak Fruit
Cempedak fruit has a look very similar to the Jack fruit. The size of Cempedak Fruit its much more smaller, the smell of Cempedak much more stronger than Jack Fruit. Although the flesh can be eaten fresh but most Malaysian prefer a fried Cempedak because the flesh of Cempedak much more thinner. The fried Cempedak sold by hawkers besides the main road or at the night market. Besides fried, Cempedak also cook as stew only can be found in Malay restaurant.
Cempedak fruit contain: Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Protein, Fiber, Calcium, Carotene, Niacin and Water.
Benefit eating Cempedak fruit: lowering blood pressure, anti hypertension, anti cancer, source of energy, lessen constipate suffering.
6. Rambai Fruit
Among Malaysia local fruits, Rambai fruit can be categorized as almost forgotten by the younger generation of Malaysians. The fruit has similar look and size like Langsat making young generation confused the different. Rambai fruit has a similar texture like Langsat, most of the time has a sweet taste but some species has very sour taste. Malay people used Rambai tree bark to cure eyes sore.
Rambai fruit contains high vitamin C, Water and Fiber.
From our experience, most of the tourist has a negative mindset about Malaysia local fruits especially Durian before they even try it. Tourist should take the opportunity during their holiday in Malaysia to try local fruit as part of their tour experience.