Malaysia has a tropical climate with bright sunny days and lots
of rainfall throughout the year. This makes it possible for various
types of tropical fruits to grow well.
The most popular fruit found here is the thorny durian, a spiky
green or yellow fruit, about the size of a rugby ball. It has a very
strong aroma which most foreigners dislike. The inside of the fruit
is yellow or creamy white with soft, sweet pulp covering the seeds
found in segments. Malaysians are very fond of this fruit. It is an
expensive seasonal fruits.
Another seasonal fruit is the rambutan. It is a small, round fruit,
red or yellow in color when ripe. It is yet another tasty fruit
enjoyed by the local people and by foreigners. It is as large as a
ping-pong ball and it has a hairy skin. It grows in bunches and is a sweet
and juicy fruit with pulp and a seed inside.
The mangosteen is another popular local fruit, round in shape
and the size of a tennis ball. It is deep purple or crimson when ripe
and tastes very sweet and delicious. The thick, hard skin encloses
the white pulp inside, in the form of a cluster. When it is in season,
fruit-sellers pile the fruits on tables or string them up in long bunches
which they hang around their stalls.
These three fruits are the main seasonal fruits in Malaysia. Then,
there are also papayas, bananas, mangoes and pineapples found
available throughout the year. There are many ways of eating them.
Most of us prefer to eat them fresh but they can be fried,
processed into jams, or even used in the making of cakes and ice-cream.