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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Marang - 'Artocarpus odoratissimus' - fam: Moraceae

The Marang is from a tree in the Mulberry and Fig family, Moraceae. It is native to Borneo, Palawan, and Mindanao Island, and is closely related to the Jackfruit, Cempedak, and Breadfruit trees which all belong to the same genus, Artocarpus 1. It is also a fully paid-up member of the WTF club...(What's That Fruit?)

Artocarpus odoratissimus is an evergreen tree growing to 25 metres (82 ft) tall. The leaves are 16–50 cm long and 11–28 cm broad, similar to the Breadfruit's, but are a little less lobed. Many trees lose the leaf lobing once mature.

The fruit has a strong aroma. The flesh is very sweet and juicy. The skin turns from green, to a more yellow colour, when the fruit is ripe. The short spines become rigid and brittle, when fruit is ripe, and should snap when bent.

Ripe fruit is opened by cutting the rind around the middle of the fruit and gently pulling the halves apart. Another way to open is to hold onto the stalk and peel back skin like a banana. Once the fruit is opened, it must be eaten within a few hours, as the flesh dis-colours quickly and flavour deteriorates.

The seeds can be roasted and eaten 2.

REFERENCES: Wikipedia 1 Australian Tropical Foods 2


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