February 3, 2010
Food : Baccaurea angulata or tampoi belimbing (Wild Star Fruit)
Photo courtesy of Sarawaklens .
Would you like to know another fruit that is only found in Borneo island?
This is the tampoi belimbing and is found growing wild and in abundance in the second division of Sarawak. Often called buah ujong or buah geruming by the local Ibans it is a nice end of the fruit season fruit or end of the year fruit. It appears at the same time as the rambai. The fruit is sweet but is not so fleshy. It makes a nice decoration on the table especially if you can buy the really red ones. There are also pink versions like the ones I bought recently.
I bought I large bundle of it for RM2.00 recently in the Tamu Tani in Miri.
They are as pretty as Christmas bells or Christmas glass baubles.
This is an Iban lady who hails from Batu Lintang in the Sri Aman district. A housewife who speaks excellent English she is a part time vegetable and jungle produce seller. Well done!! Here she is with her two daughters and sells fruits like tampoi belimbing.
this is the redder version of the wild star fruit. If you have a lot of it you can freeze the fruits and just dry the skins for future use.
Here's a pretty photo of this angle tampoi. I often wonder if this fruit can be made into jelly or a fruit sauce.
Support the jungle produce market!!