Saturday, June 25, 2005

Nephelium malaiense

Nephelium malaiense
Originally uploaded by lekowala.
Mata kuching. This is related to the longan, lychee and rambutan.

Along Island Club Road to the TreeTop Walk are some old kampungs. This is the first time I have seen it in fruit, honestly, its the first time I have seen this tree (its a lifer). The flesh of the fruit (picked up from the road and tasted much to the disgust of Jen) is really thin but the taste is heavenly and alluring. Sexy. So if you are vegan, have some of this "eye of the cat" instead of oysters and soon it will get you purring...

Corner (1988) described the mata kuching to be one of the handsomest trees in Malaya when grown to perfection.


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