October 23, 2009
Buah Ma or Pulasan
A small tree but it is producing good number of fruits for the family. Three of these trees are fruiting in the garden. Just nice for family consumption.
The fruits turn out to be crunchy . Really easy to bite - and nothing will stick between the teeth so to speak. Ny watch is there. Unfortunately the photo is over exposed because of the midday sun.
Very sweet and big buah ma is a favourite fruit amongst the Ibans. Most of the buah ma sold in towns like Sibu are on the sour and softer side. They also do not peel off easily from the seed. The seeds of these buah ma happen to be very small. So the people who sold the seedlings were actually truthful and honest.
A favourite of wild boars this fruit when in season can attract a whole bunch of these wild animals from as far as Indonesida. Some wild boars have been known to swim across a river as big as the Rajang to eat the fruits.
But with wild fruits diminishing together with the thick equatorial rainforest due to over lumbering the migration of wild boars has become a thing of the past.
Today most buah ma are grown in small family plots and are from grafted seedlings. To me they taste better than the wild jungle fruit of yesteryears.