Sunday, October 22, 2006

PASALUBONG: MARANG



One of the perks of visiting the Visayas is the chance to eat fruits that most Manila people find unusual or exotic. Marang is one of them. Sold at Php 35/each here in Bacolod, it sells at Php 50+ in SM Malls.

The Johey Oak (Artocarpus odoratissimus), also called Marang and Tarap, is a tree related to Jackfruit, Cempedak, and Breadfruit, native to Borneo. Once opened, the marang should be consumed quickly (in a few hours), as it loses flavour rapidly and fruit oxidises. The seeds are also edible after boiling or roasting. More here.

The tree is not cold tolerant (as is the breadfruit). It can grow between latitude 15º north and south, and in coastal regions where temperatures never stay under 7 ºC. It is cultivated for its fruit in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and southern Thailand. The species is largely grown for local consumption; the short shelf-life of the fruit limits its wider use.



Information source: Wickipedia
Photos: Dylan Yap Gozum, Bacolod 2006

2 comments:

---tep---- said...

oh my God! i love you for even posting pics of one of my favorite fruits! i miss marang!

Citizen of the World said...

He he! Sarap talaga ng marang, Tep!