The first time we came across this fruit was at Pak Awang’s orchard in Biawak, Lundu. An Indonesian friend told us this fruit was called ‘matoa’ meaning crystal and that it was native to Iran Jaya. Lately we have also come across fruit vendors at the 3rd Mile Market in Kuching selling this fruit too. But surprisingly it did not taste anywhere near Pak Awang’s.
Local Name: Kasai, Matoa, Dawa
Botanical Name: Pometia pinnata
Family : Sapindaceae
Matoa is a tropical fruit mainly from Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Philippines, East Indonesia, Papua and the Pacific Islands. It is not a very common fruit found elsewhere.
The fruit is much bigger than longan & has a hard shell. It is green when immature and will turn purplish red, green, dull brown or almost black, depending on the various varieties. The yellowish white pulp is also much thicker, sweeter & the texture is chewy. It has a single seed which looks like a type of nuts. The seed is edible too and it is usually consumed roasted or boiled.
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