Malaysia lies in the tropics and is blessed with plenty of rain and sunshine.
Many types of trees and plants grow here. Among them are those that bear
The "King of Fruits" is without doubt the durian. It is an oval-shaped fruit
about the size of a rugby ball. Its skin is green or yellow and covered with
many sharp thorns. Inside, however, the yellow flesh is soft and sweet. Its
smell is very strong. The locals love the durian, but foreigners find the smell
hard to bear.
The durian is a seasonal fruit. It normally is in season twice a year. So are
other fruits like the mangosteen, langsat,
duku, rambutan and mango. We consume these fruits in great quantities.
Other fruits like the papaya, pineapple, banana and star fruit are not
seasonal. They are obtainable at all times. Again we consume these fruits in
large quantities. In a hot country like Malaysia, fruits provide us with much
needed water and other nutrients that are vital for health. Often the
fruit-stalls are crowded with people waiting to buy a slice of papaya, pineapple
or watermelon to quench their thirst.
We are lucky to have such a huge variety of fruits. In addition to that we
get imported fruits like apples and grapes, but they are usually more expensive.
So we spend our money mainly on local fruits. I would say that it is money