"You can eat all the mangoes your wallet can allow you but this fruit is special because it is only found in my village specificially and in Borneo." He explained.
Buah Tampoi / Tampui 單貝果 Baccaurea macrocarpa is indeed a very unique fruit .
It is dark when young and it starts to turn its colours as it ripens. From a distance the red colours become very attractive to those with a keen eye. In Limbang buah puak trees are found from time to time along the road and usually quite close to the kampongs. This tree is a cultivated tree although many people believe otherwise. But then perhaps it was five or six generations ago when the Iban settlers who were brought by the Brooke government to this part of Sarawak that they grew the fruit seeds they brought from Skrang!!
|The leaves are luxuriant and often times you need to have a keen eye to find the fruits. First you must recognise the leaves and then find the fruits underneath.|
|A fully ripened puak tree!! As beautiful as a cherry tree.|
|The beautiful puak when still young - it has a greenish dark brown skin and is thus unattractive. Animals like squirrels and monkeys are not attracted to this colour. The law of nature thus makes the fruit pretty in colour when ripe so that it can propagate!!|
|The skin of the ripe fruit is easily bruised like all fruits. To harvest the fruit you have to be a good climber of trees or you can use a stick to fell the fruit which usually leads to bruising. But bruising does not destroy the quality of the flesh as the fruit has a thick skin. Monkeys and squirrels love this fruit.|
|This fruit is divided into three sections. You have to take time to suck the sweetness out of the lobe . The flesh sticks to the seed. and is not what people call "kopek" (flesh leaves the seed)|
When the durian season is over the longhouse residents continue to enjoy their rambutans and langsat.
One of the last remaining fruits would be the Puak. As the sun sets behind the hill it is nice to sit down by the river side and enjoy the clean fruit...the skins can be thrown back into the river for fish to bite. Then it is time to set up the net or pukat ..ready for another exciting day. Early morning will be glorious as it would be time to check the pukat for fish...and then more fruit harvesting while the season can still hold its ending!!
N.B. It is also a good idea to build a compost with all the fruit skins of the season or even make enzymes.