The botanical name for buah jering is Archidendron Jiringa. It is grown wild but it might also be cultivated in the soft soils of the kampongs.
Jering are medium-sized trees that can reach 20 m in height. The bark is smooth and light grey in color. The leaves are compound, two pinnate up to 25 cm long, leaf stalks up to 6 cm long.
The leaflets are 8-25 cm ling, 4-5 cm wide, ovate to booing in shape, light green, shiny.
Young leave are soft, purplish red in color.
The fruit is a legume, 5 cm wide, twisted in a spiral, purplish brown in color. Seeds are large, testa yellowish when young, reddish brown when mature, the edible cotyledons are yellowish when young, becoming orange brown when mature.
The local Malays believe that its leaves can be pounded and applied in chest pains, pains, skin ailments. Furthermore in olden days before Mopiko and Tiger Balm ashes were obtained by burning the old leaves and applied on itch. Ashes obtained by burning the young leaves were applied on cuts, wounds.
Here is something surprising too. Our maid from Indonesia once said that the bark could be pounded and made into a gargle for treating gum pains, toothache.
In Miri most local people prepare the fruits at meals to treat diabetes, hypertension.
In Taiwan huge jering could be found and the hard seeds are made into souvenirs.
consider yourelf lucky if you have a jering tree growing in your back yard!!