Friday, December 30, 2011

Local Fruit - Buah BINJAI.

I went to the wet market today, and guess what - I found this fruit.
Locally called "buah binjai", it's scientific name is Mangifera caesia.
Mangifera caesia is a species  in the cashew family, Anacardiaceae. Common names include Malaysian Mango, Binjai (Malay), Wani (Bali), yaa-lam (Thai), and bayuno (Filipino). It belongs to the same genus as the mango and is widely cultivated in areas of Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines. The tree lives in lowlands or gentle slopes in sandy clay soils. It grows up to 30 m (100 ft) tall with a dense crown of round-shaped leaves. The flowers are purple or pink, 0.7 cm long with five sepals. The fruit is a large, edible, elliptical drupe 10–15 cm (4–6 in) long and 6–8 cm (2–3 in) wide. The skin is thin and brown with darker patches, and the flesh is yellow-white, mushy, and strongly odorous with an acid-sweet or sour taste.
The Binjai is believed to originate from the island of Borneo, but is commonly grown elsewhere for its edible fruit. The tree is one of the most common and valuable Mangifera species in western Malaysia, where it is cultivated extensively in orchards. It is also widely grown in Sumatra and Borneo. The fruit can be eaten dipped in chilli and dark soya sauce (kicap). The wood is used for light construction. Binjai is almost always propagated by seed. The tree requires rainfall that is distributed evenly throughout the year. It is a possible candidate for wider cultivation in the future.

Care to taste this fruit? Come to Malaysia, if possible - to Perlis..

Have a nice day...

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