December 4, 2009

Buah Tarap (pronounced is Sarawak as Buah Terap) season is here. This is one of the most delicious of all the tropical fruits and is also a beautiful exotic tree. It has lobed leaves, as large as 2-4 foot long and 1 foot broad, similar to the Breadfruit’s, but a little less lobed. In a wild, it is found extensively in Brunei Darussalam and parts of Sabah and Sarawak and of course right here at The Kebun.

The fruit does not fall to the ground when ripe, only when it is over ripe and rotting. It may be harvested while still hard, and left to ripen until soft. The ripe fruit is opened by cutting the rind around or just twisting and gently pulling the halves complete the operation. The inside of the fruit is somewhat similar to the Jackfruit but the color is whitish. The core is relatively large, but there are fewer “rags” and less non-edible parts. Arils are white and the size of a small grape, each containing a 1/2″ seed. Once opened, the fruit should be consumed quickly (in a few hours), as it loses flavor rapidly and fruit oxidizes.

To open the fruit, just press your thumb into the soft skin and pry the pieces away and you’ll be greeted by a nicely arranged array of white sacs that looks like pale miniature Cempedaks. They will be wrapped in yellow tendrils extending from the husk and stuck to the main stem of the fruit found in the center. To eat, just twist the fruit and pop it into your mouth and the center of the fruit consists of a single oval shape brown seed. A single Tarap can hold as much as 150 to 200 little sacs within but the size of the fruits will vary from tree to tree.

Excuse me while I go open and enjoy another Buah Tarap.



  1. Teng Says:


    Like your articles and waiting to stay at your farm! You should have tried the Tarap in Sabah. They are much better and cheap! A big one costs less than RM3! My wife never misses these whenever we go back to KK during holidays. How’s the renovation getting on?

  2. The Kebun Says:

    Greetings Teng,

    The Buah Terap are actually bigger in Sabah. I tasted some when on my way to Tambunan and also in Keningau. We have a few tree’s on the farm and they all taste different and come in different sizes. There is one tree behind which has the largest and sweetest fruits just like in Sabah but just between you and me i think it is because it sits right next to the chicken house.

    The renovation is going on fine but some delay here and there, mostly because we are needing some extra work done. The Turkeys need bigger housing as with the Geese and that should be well completed by mid January.

    We look forward to catching up with you one day soon!

    Regards, Farmer Adrian

    p/s was it you who called Olivia some weeks back?

  3. Teng Says:

    Hi Adrian,

    Yes, it is me who called. We wanted to expose the kids to life in a farm and being school holidays we thought it would be a good time. Besides that, I guess we had enough of holidays in a hotel/resort by the sea with the swimming pool as the main attraction! Anywhere, we have brought them to another farmstay last week with another 2 families where the kids have a grand time fishing while we adults sit back and enjoy the fresh air and company. It’s definitely different from staying in a hotel and we would like to try it again next holidays.

    Cheers and all the best! Merry Christmas!

  4. The Kebun Says:

    Hello Teng,

    The mention of your wanting to expose the kids to life on a farm reminded me of some visitors we had last Christmas. Amongst them were a few teenagers and it made me realize how detached this generation has become (not by their own fault) to real life.

    It completely blew me away when none of them had even seen a live chicken and i chuckled under my breath when they were asking how to tell the difference between the ‘boys and girls’ amongst the goats and sheep. I mean it’s pretty obvious when the boys have their rather large dangling bits about aye?

    Anyways this is life and i suppose at most times we are not really all that responsible for what we eventually become as adults when we are brought up in a certain environment.

    May the new year bring many blessings to you and your family.

    Farmer Adrian

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