Bits & Pieces

Keranji Aka Velvet Tamarind

March 16, 2010

A few days ago I saw an exotic local fruit at a hawker in front of the Magnum 4D outlet in Boulvard Commercial Center. The fruit is known as keranji (dialium indum) locally.

The fruits come from a tall, tropical tree which has become a threathened tree species due to its valued hard and compact wood. The fruits are grape-size with thin black brittle inedible shells. Each fruit typically has a hard brown seed but some fruits have two seeds. The fruit tastes like tamarind as it is a type of velvet tamarind.

I remember eating this fruit when I was a small kid so I could not resist buying some. Cracking open the shell and eating the flesh covering the seed sure brought back memories of my childhood in Bintangor, Sarawak. As kids, we used to eat this fruit and sometimes played a game withthe fruits. Two person competed with each other with each holding a fruit between the thumb and the forefinger and pressing the fruit against the other person’s fruit.The person whose fruit’s shell broke had to surrender his or her fruit to the other person. The games kids played, haha!

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  • Reply Ahmed May 26, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Where did you buy this fruit from? Are you in the USA? I have been dying to buy it as I used to eat it when I was a kid too in the middle east as it was my favorite. Since I came to the states 15 years ago, I have been looking all over for it and I just found the english name for it, and your site came up.

    • Reply cylinglim May 26, 2010 at 11:33 am

      I am based in Malaysia. This fruit is only available at certain times of the year. I think the season is now over. Thanks!

  • Reply siti June 9, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    actually you can have it now.its sold everywhere here in sarawak :)

  • Reply siti June 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    in fact,im eating some right now.hehehehehe :p

  • Reply mahani October 27, 2010 at 2:12 am

    hello there.
    i’m a student from sabah.
    do this fruit available in year end??

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