Best Local Fruits Of Malaysia

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Local fruit stall

Local fruit stall

Oooh…I’m loving this blog post! I love fruits, especially all the tropical fruits. They are not only very delicious but excellent for health. I just feel so happy to share some of the best local Malaysian fruits, particularly those from Sarawak. They were so fresh, colourful, refreshing, sweet, juicy and delicious. Writing this post makes me miss home very much.

One of the best part about my recent holiday back in Malaysia was eating some of the best local fruits. While the hot and humid Malaysian weather quite killed our appetites, the many wonderful local fruits brought much cheer to us. Friends and relatives were giving us fresh fruits from their gardens while some were bought from the local markets. They were so sweet and juicy.

Below are just some of the best fruits that we enjoyed. I didn’t manage to take pictures of all the fruits that we ate as they ended up in our tummies too fast! One of them is my favourite Sarawak pineapples which must be the best in the world! To know how to cut a pineapple, check out at How To Cut A Pineapple.

dragon fruit

Dragon fruit

Dragon fruit

Dragon fruit

This is the dragon fruit. Why it’s called dragon fruit I have no idea. Maybe the skin has some resemblance of a dragon. The ones here, given by a friend, was the white type. It was very juicy and delicious. Another type was the red type which is sweeter. Some people make jellies and cakes out of it.

Honey orange

Honey orange

Honey oranges

Honey oranges

These are the green skinned oranges. I was told they are called honey oranges. These were also given by a friend. They were big, very juicy and sweet. I really enjoyed them. The skin was very thin and easy to peel.

Orange pomelo

Orange pomelo

Orange pomelo

Orange pomelo

This one is another juicy, sweet fruit. It looks like a breed between pomelo and orange. I’m not sure of the name so I call it ‘orange pomelo’. The skin is thicker. You can peel off the skin with your hand or you can cut them into wedges. I find cutting them into wedges is easier.



This one is called honey pomelo. It’s very juicy and sweet too. We ate this in a restaurant. It was served ready peeled so I couldn’t take pictures of the whole pomelo. This is the best pomelo I had ever eaten. I was told that you cannot buy this pomelo in shops as this restaurant bought all these special pomelos! We had quite a few meals at this particular restaurant, mainly because of the pomelo. The food served there were very special and delicious too. I will share in another post.

Local fruit

Local fruit

Local fruit

Local fruit

This is a very special fruit, juicy and sweet too. This is the first time I have seen and tasted it. My friend couldn’t give me the name for it. I was told it’s a new breed. It’s like a breed between rambutan (a hairy fruit) and lychee. The skin is very tough. The men felt proud to help the ladies crack the skin…haha. Our friend plucked it fresh from the garden for us. I really liked it.



This is honey papaya. It’s small, just the size of my palm. It’s very sweet and delicious. It’s easy for me to eat one whole papaya each time. Converted to UK money, it’s about 20p each!

Young coconut

Young coconut

I think the most fruit we had was the young coconut. Coconut water is the most refreshing drink that you would want in such a hot and humid weather like Malaysia. Converted to UK money, it costs 30p each but prices varies in different places.



There are many varieties of bananas. I never miss these bananas in the picture here. They are just the best. Translated from my local dialect, its called ‘Indian bananas’. The skin comes with tiny brown dots which intensify as the bananas ripen. My parents said they are the best for health….very stomach friendly.





Then finally, the king of all fruits…..durians!! This is a fruit that you either love it or hate it. It’s a heaven or hell fruit. It’s my family’s favourite. The smell is very strong. You will either find that it stinks or it’s very fragrant. To get rid of the smell on your hands, run water on the outside of the skin onto your hands and wash your hands with it. The smell will be gone in an instant! Then after eating the durians, fill up the ‘holes’ in the durian skin with water with a pinch of salt and drink the water. This will neutralise the ‘heatiness’ of the durians so that you don’t get sore throat or fever. It also removes the smell of durians from your mouth.

Well, too bad I fell ill and had to avoid them. They are also not good to have just before you travel. The last trip when I went back, I ate them the day before I travel which made me feel nauseous the whole journey. I have learned the lesson.

Well, my holiday’s over and I miss all the local Malaysian fruits very much. But you can see that my diet back home had been very healthy with lots of fruits. I wish I can get all these fruits here! I look much forward to my next trip home.

What are your favourite local fruits from your place? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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Jess @ Bakericious  on July 7th, 2010

Mary, I love fruits as well. How I wish I can be with you to enjoy so many fruits, drooling now!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table  on July 7th, 2010

What a spread of tropical goodness! I have never eaten that unnamed fruit either but it sounds intriguing. My favourite here is the pomela but I also love chiku, mata kuching, and pisang mas. You would be surprised how difficult it is to find pisang mas in Singapore now *sigh* I really miss it as over ripe pisang mas makes the best banana bread and jemput jemput LOL

3hungrytummies  on July 7th, 2010

This is a great post Mary. You should send this in for the Muhibbah Malaysian event. :)

Priya  on July 7th, 2010

Awesome post and fortunately i have tastes most of these fruits…everything looks amazing..

love2cook  on July 7th, 2010

WOW, great post on local fruits! Of all the fruits up there, durian is always special to me. ;)

anncoo  on July 7th, 2010

WOW! These are all my favorite fruits! Anyway what’s that unnamed fruit. Color like mangosteen, inner side like rambutan and shaped like grape. What is it?? ;DD

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Quinn  on July 7th, 2010

Mary, my partner is from Labuan and he brough down a loal fruit called Tarap and some durians that has RED FLESH to KL for my family and I to try. Have you heard of tarap before? It’s mushy, like cempedak but I don’t like how it taste!!!! Ewwww….

Mary  on July 7th, 2010

@Jess @ Bakericious - Yes, you should come along! We can feast on all the most wonderful fruits everyday :D

@denise @ quickies on the dinner table - Oooh…I love chiku and mata kuching too…and lots more. Come to Sarawak…lots of pisang emas…very cheap too ! :D

@3hungrytummies - Thanks very much, Suresh! :D I’ll have to check out the Muhibbah Malaysian event.

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@love2cook - Thanks very much! :D I’m sure durian is special to many…hehe. I can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner :P

@anncoo - You are very lucky to enjoy these delicious fruits whenever you want. Poor me…I have to wait for the next trip. Bet I’ll visit this post each time I miss these wonderful fruits :D So sorry I don’t know the name of that fruit. My friend also doesn’t know how to call it. We liked it so much that we didn’t care what it was called and just ate and ate and ate…haha :D

@Quinn - Oooh….I love Tarap. So sorry you don’t like it. It’s a very refreshing and cooling fruit. We couldn’t find it this time…not in season. maybe after trying a few times you will like it. My children are crazy over it….me too :D The red flesh durians are called hill durian by direct translation. I prefer the normal white ones. Hope to get some next trip when I am back.

Shirley  on July 7th, 2010

That dragon fruit is gorgeous!

Umm Mymoonah  on July 7th, 2010

OMG! What a different varities of fruits, just can’t take my eyes from it.

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Angie's Recipes  on July 7th, 2010

All kinds of exotic fruit…I am green with envy! :-))

the lacquer spoon  on July 7th, 2010

Ooh, your post inspires me to fly to Malaysia! SE Asian fruits which are fresh, creamy and sweet are so inviting :)

Mary  on July 7th, 2010

@Shirley - It is! I love the beautiful colour of the skin and it tastes awesome….mmm :D

@Umm Mymoonah - If you ever visit Malaysia, dash for the local fruits ! :D There are lots more to enjoy.

@Angie’s Recipes - Haha…I would too if I were you! :D Now I really miss them :(

@the lacquer spoon - Hope you will visit Malaysia one day. If you go there, make sure you enjoy as much fruit as you can cos you can’t get so fresh ones else where. They are just so good. Now I really miss them :(

Amy @  on July 7th, 2010

I love dragon fruit. Its a great to eat on a hot summers day.

Belinda @zomppa  on July 7th, 2010

Those fruits are gorgeous! The dragonfruit especially. I might be the only person in the world, but durians are pretty pleasant to me!

peteformation  on July 7th, 2010

My favourite is still the durians….LOL!

Anh  on July 7th, 2010

Fabulous!! I love native Asian fruits. So yum! I’m looking @ durian !

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Drick  on July 7th, 2010

beautiful and all mouth watering fruit (except the durian, don’t think I would like that one) - glad you shared these with us…

tasteofbeirut  on July 7th, 2010

I am so intrigued by these fruits! Especially the dragon fruit and the durian, that I have seen at Asian markets before; thanks for sharing these photos and the info on the durian Mary.

A Little Yumminess  on July 7th, 2010

Such beautiful fruits in South East Asia….

Mary  on July 7th, 2010

@Amy @ - Totally agree with you. It’s so refreshing and delicious :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Lovely to know that you like durians…few non Asians do. We can have durian feast together :D

@peteformation - I guessed right..LOL

@Anh - Aha…another durian lover! Join my durian gang…haha :D

@Drick - Ooops….you don’t like durian. I understand that. I’ll remember not to eat in front of you :P Or may be you will enjoy watching me eat that you would be tempted to try…hehe. After a few attempts, you may like it very much like me!

@tasteofbeirut - Hope you have tried some of them. They are very delicious. I can find some of them here but they are not delicious like what we get back home. They are usually small and sour. I’m looking forward to my next trip home to enjoy more local fruits…just so delicious! :D

@A Little Yumminess - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! :D

sweetlife  on July 7th, 2010

oh i love the dragon fruit, great color and honey orange look great but oh the papaya I love many wonderful treats thanks for sharing


rebecca  on July 7th, 2010

wow so cool you visited home adore the fruits, wish I could take them out of the screen, sorry I haven’t visited in a while Mary

Mary  on July 7th, 2010

@sweetlife - Oh…you are fit to live in the tropics! You’ll enjoy all the fruits like me :D

@rebecca - Thanks very much for dropping by. Hope one day you will visit Malaysia and enjoy all the wonderful fruits there :D

Tasty Trix  on July 7th, 2010

I love fruit too - how cool to have access to all of that. I have heard so many conflicting things about durian - I want to try it, and at the same time I’m afraid!

lequan@luvtoeat  on July 7th, 2010

Oh my gosh Mary! I loved this post! I am crazy over fruits, especially ones I cannot find fresh or are way too expensive to buy here in Canada. Thank you for introducing me to some of the fruits I have never seen before such as the local fruit. Very interesting. And by my profile picture I guess you can tell I am crazy over durian. Yes, it is some stinky goodness. Haha. Thanks for the durian tips as well, I never heard of those before. I hope you don’t mind me linking to this post on my next post as I think some of my readers will also enjoy this. Another great post my friend! :-D

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Rosebelle  on July 7th, 2010

I had dragon fruit for the first time last year and I was surprised how much it tasted like kiwi but without the kiwi after taste. I love durian but unfortunately, we only have frozen ones in SF. I think the purple fruit you showed is mangosteen, or is it? I would love to travel to Asian countries to eat the fresh tropical fruits and all the delicious foods there.

kristy  on July 7th, 2010

Oh I bet you guys were having so much fun back home! Guess, you’re back on the right timing. lol. Lucky you, it’s durian & mangoestin season right now. Brings any back to UK? hahaha…. Hope you’re having a wonderful day, there.
Regards, Kristy

Faith  on July 7th, 2010

This was so interesting, thanks for sharing it Mary! I’ve never heard of a local fruit before…I’d love to try it!

Reeni  on July 7th, 2010

The dragon fruit is so pretty! I never saw one before - nor have I had the opportunity to try durian. It sure sounds interesting…

Cook with Madin  on July 7th, 2010

Lovely photos Mary. You made me miss Philippines. We have all these fruits as well. Thank you for sharing.

Roti n Rice  on July 7th, 2010

I ate a few varieties of fruits in while I was in Malaysia. The jackfruit and cempedak were really good. So were the mangoes, papaya, and guava. Had the dragon fruit in Singapore but saw the plant in Malaysia. It is really an ugly plant kinda like a weeping (bent) cactus. I guess that is why they call it dragon fruit. I would have love to have eaten the chiku but unfortunately the ones I came across were not yet ripe. Now, I have to rely on the ones in the can….sigh* BTW, I had the durian too, just a little and it was pretty good :)

nisha  on July 7th, 2010

What a beautiful post . I wish i could visit Malasyia

Jeannie  on July 8th, 2010

Very nice introduction to our local fruits,Mary:D
I am curious as to the taste of that local fruit that you can’t put a name on…looks juicy and sweet!

Elin  on July 8th, 2010

Mary…glad you had so much fun back in Malaysia. Now is the durians and mangosteen season :) There are a few local fruits that I have never tried before…the yellow pomelo and the ‘ avocado shaped fruit ‘ heehee looks nice :) Thanks for sharing :)

Mary  on July 8th, 2010

@Tasty Trix - I think it would be wonderful to try durian and judge it for yourself. The local durians are very strong in smell and taste. Maybe you can try the hybrid ones which are less strong. I think The Thai version is not as strong as the local Malaysian types. I read that they are trying to come out with a hybrid that’s acceptable to the Western taste buds! Hope to hear from you after you’ve tried :D

@lequan@luvtoeat - Haha…I know you must be one seriously crazy over durians when I see your profile picture :D I remember at one point of my life, I bought durians everyday and freeze them, eating them throughout the day…breakfast, lunch and dinner! Crazy huh! :D Oh sure, you can link to my post. Hope your readers enjoy reading and drooling…haha :D

@Rosebelle - Lovel how you compare it to kiwi….quite similar texture I see. No, the purple fruit is not mangosteen. It’s a new hybrid. I find it fascinating. Hope you get to visit Malaysia and have all the fun visiting and eating :D

@kristy - You bet we did! :D I wish I could stay longer and enjoy more! Looking much forward to my next trip back. Hope to enjoy more fruits.

@Faith - Hope you get to try one day. They are really delicious! I can eat them the whole day :D

@Reeni - Hope one day you get to visit Malaysia and you can enjoy all the local fruits…so fresh, sweet and juicy unlike what I get here in UK. Malaysia is a great place to visit :D

@Cook with Madin - Thanks very much, Madin! :D I can imagine all the wonder local fruits that are in Philippines. Bet we share a lot of similar fruits.

@Roti n Rice - Oh…I missed out on the chempedak and jackfruit when I was back home. I was advised not to eat as they are very ‘heaty’. The next time I’m going to enjoy it but followed by a lot of young coconut water and other more cooling fruits. Didn’t get to try the chiku too. You are very lucky to see a dragon fruit plant. I hope to see one next time. Llots more fruits I want to eat in my next trip home :D

@nisha - Thanks very much, Nisha! :D I hope you get to visit Malaysia one day.

@Jeannie - Thanks very much, Jeannie! :D I hope you get to taste that local fruit one day. Apparently it’s a new hybrid. I hope you can find it on your side.

@Elin - I think we Malaysians are very lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderful, delicious fruits all year round :D I wish I can get all of them here! I’ll eat much more the next trip back….hehe. But…what a long wait!

penny aka jeroxie  on July 8th, 2010

Tropical fruits are super delicious. All except for durain.

Cheah  on July 8th, 2010

Gosh, love all those fruits. Ipoh is famous for its pomeloes, but strange enough never seen them served this way in a restaurant. In fact, they don’t. Normally, they serve mangoes, watermelon, honeydew and papaya. I like the orange pomelo and the one that looks like a rambutan, my favourite!

The Kitchen Masochist  on July 8th, 2010

Honey oranges are widely available over here too. I didn’t know they were called “honey orange” in English. I just call it “Philippine orange” for my convenience.

They have orange pomelo here too and I don’t know what it’s called in English either.

I generally love tropical fruits but I never can get past the smell of durian and absolutely have no idea what it tastes like. I love dragon fruit, rambutan and mangoes. Oh and bananas. I just love Southeast Asian bananas. They’re so creamy and fragrant.

fimère  on July 8th, 2010

ils sont magnifiques et très goûteux tous ces fruits
merci pour ce beau partage
bonne journée

shaz  on July 8th, 2010

Hi Mary, yum, what a lot of local fruits! I recently went back to Malaysia for a visit too, and dosed up on fruit :) I didn’t get a chance to have durian this trip though :(

That rambutan cross lychee fruit looks so interesting! Love this post.

Mary  on July 8th, 2010

@penny aka jeroxie - You mean you don’t like durians?? You surprised me. It’s my favourite…mmmm :D

@Cheah - It’s very interesting how we eat the same fruit in different ways. I was brought up eating pomelos that way. Yes, in other restaurants, they usually serve watermelon, honey dew, pineapples and papaya. I guess it’s cheaper and easier to serve. Well, I like all of them…mmm :D

@The Kitchen Masochist - I’m sure Philippines and Malaysia share a lot of similar fruits. How lucky we are! I wish I can get all of them here too. Yes, there are orange/red pomelos too in Malaysia. I don’t like them as much cos they are more sour. As for durians, maybe you can give a try at those hybrid types where the smell and taste are very mellow. Bananas….oooh…just so many types to enjoy. They are cheap too. Gosh…I’m craving for all of them now! :D

@fimère - Thanks very much, Fimère! :D Yes, these fruits are just soooooo good……refreshing, sweet and delicious! :D

@shaz - Thanks very much, Shaz! :D Wonderful to know that you went back to Malaysia too. I’m sure you had lots of fun, food and friends. It was durian season when I went back but yet didn’t manage to eat them cos I was ill :( Have to wait for my next trip home to enjoy them.

Shawnee  on July 8th, 2010

Thank you for sharing all of those different types of fruit. :) Your trip sounds wonderful.

Sidney  on July 8th, 2010

Yeah…all the above fruits i had tried it except for the mixed mangosteen with rambutan…there are some local fruit which i bet u never try before such as tarap, jungle rambutan, etc…best durian is call ‘mau san wong’ (jungle cat king).pamelo is famous in Tapah or Bidor…best banana is pisang emas but better fried is call pisang goreng…Mary: you can try to do this for your family…

Nasi Lemak Lover  on July 8th, 2010

This is a great post !

jo  on July 8th, 2010

I love tropical fruits as well and this is a great run-down post on it. In fact I’ll be sinking my teeth into some durian tomorrow .. can’t wait.

gina khoo  on July 9th, 2010

Hi Mary
the local fruit, if I am not mistaken is called “taun”…this fruit originate from Papua New Guinea (I am working here) and it is grown wild here…e.g. logging camps…but beware don’t take too much as it is very heaty.

gina khoo

Mary  on July 9th, 2010

@Shawnee - Thanks very much, Shawnee! :D I really enjoyed my trip.

@Sidney - Oooh…I love tarap. But sadly this time it was not in season when I went back :( I have not heard of that durian and that jungle rambutan. We do have a type of small durians with deep orange colour flesh. Wonder whether it’s the same one. Looks like I have to visit you to eat all these. You should do a post on it…all the local fruits in your place. Yes, I love banana fritters….so delicious! :D

@Nasi Lemak Lover - Thanks very much, Sonia! :D

@jo - Awww….I’m turning green with envy…haha. I would love some durian too! You should take me along :P

@gina khoo - Gina, thanks very much for visiting and sharing with me about ‘taun’! :D Now I got the name for it…so happy. You made my day! So, this fruit is from Papua New Guinea. Thanks very much for the advice not to overeat. There must be lots of local fruits there that you enjoy.

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on July 9th, 2010

Very informative… I am yet to try most of these although I have heard of most of them. Dragon fruit is the prettiest!

Cathy at Wives with Knives  on July 9th, 2010

What an interesting post, Mary. I haven’t seen many of these fruits before and would love to try them all, especially durian. Can it really produce sore throat and fever? Wow.

Chef Dennis  on July 9th, 2010

thank you so much for this wonderful post! I learn so much from you today, honestly I have never seen or tried any of the fruits you had today, but they do all look good…even if the last one scares me a….
but thank you so much for taking us with you, and showing us all these beautiful pictures.
all the best

Carolyn Jung  on July 9th, 2010

Never seen the likes of those honey oranges before. How interesting that they’re sooo sweet when they’re still so vivid green on the outside.

Magic of Spice  on July 9th, 2010

Great post Mary…Just look at all of those amazing fruits:) Wonderful!

TasteHongKong  on July 9th, 2010

I barely recall that I have heard of the trick for removing the heatness of durians, thanks for remind me.

I love Jack fruits in Malaysia, I enjoyed them both in Penang and K.L.

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DG  on July 11th, 2010

So many variety of fruits. I never try out orange pamelo & local fruit. Look from your pictures, they must be juicy.

Mary  on July 11th, 2010

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - I hope one day you get to try all of them. Maybe make a trip to Asia :D

@Cathy at Wives with Knives - I hope you get to try all of them one day. A trip to Malaysia would make your wish come true :D yes, durians are very ‘heaty’. Not everyone will suffer the effect but you do feel very hot after eating it.

@Chef Dennis - You are most welcome! It’s a joy to share :D I hope you get to try all of them one day, including the scary durians …. LOL

@Carolyn Jung - The honey oranges are really delicious….very juicy and sweet. Yes, the skin is green even when ripe. We tell by the look and feel to know whether it’s ripe and sweet. Hope you get to try it one day :D

@Magic of Spice - Thanks very much! :D

@TasteHongKong - Now you know how to get rid of the smell and the heatiness of durians :D I love jack fruit too. It’s another heaty fruit. I saw it but dare not try cos the weather was so hot and also I was sick. Hope I can enjoy it in my next trip.

@DG - There are lots more but I didn’t get to try them all. Will share more after my next trip….not sure when :P Hope you get to try them all one day.

Liz  on July 13th, 2010

This is a fantastic post! The fruit pics are wonderful and it’s so educational too-especially about durian fruit! Thank you for this post!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef  on July 20th, 2010

Absolutely delicious, I love these types of fruit. Was lucky enough to spend a week in Bali last week, and ate as many mangosteens as I could get my hands on. Lots of big platters of chopped dragon fruit and papaya around the place too :)

Mary  on July 23rd, 2010

@Liz - Thanks very much, Liz! :D Hope you have tried some.

@Conor @ HoldtheBeef - That’s awesome! Must be such a wonderful trip. I wish I can get all these fruits here. I love mangosteen too. We used to have a mangosteen tree when we were young. The whole tree was fully loaded with fruits…..amazing! I was up on the tree most of the time, plucking and enjoying the fruits :D

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Ah Chai  on October 28th, 2010

Hi Mary, i want to know more about the unnamed local fruit like Gina Khoo said Taun. Cause i getted this fruit trees at Semenanjung. How to contact Gina Khoo?

gina khoo  on February 16th, 2012

Mary, found a site for this fruit. Please see

It’s well explain here.

Happy reading :)
gina khoo

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