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Monday, April 17, 2017

The Duku, or Langsat - 'lansium domesticum' - fam: Meliaceae

Also referred to as 'lansium parasiticum' 1, the plant is a species of tree in the Mahogany family. The fruit grows in bunches, and from the outside is similar in appearance to Longons. Once it is broken into, with your fingers, a creamy grey flesh, which is split into segments, is revealed. The reasonably thick, leathery casing is fairly brittle 2.

The fruit has a sweet taste, with a sour edge, and is somewhat sticky. Some of the segments have seeds which should not be chewed as they are very bitter. The fruit is spheroidal, ellipsoidal, or ovoid, in shape, is around 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm) in diameter, and occurs in clusters of 4-40. It is sweet, and aromatic.

Langsat is native to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Although it is planted sporadically throughout the tropics, commercial production is mostly in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, and Vietnam 3.

REFERENCES: Wikipedia 1, Know Phuket 2 and Montoso Gardens 3


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