Sunday, April 27, 2014


When people are troubled by shortage of water, complaining having to cart buckets and of course not having the leisure and comfort of washing as often and with all luxury, here in the northern states especially Kedah and Perlis, the rain that came in early April 2014 offered relief as well as abundant delights in the form of the 'mango' families.  HARUM MANIS especially from Perlis now offer its best quality but with a high price. Yet it is a sure buy.

The tall tree you see in the above picture is by the side of our home. It too has fruits galore. No it is not 'Harum Manis' or any other mango kind but of the same family and known as 'Quinin'. In the last few days I have been stretching my neck and arms to bring down the fruits. Judging by the roof of the neighbour's house you will realize that the old tree is no less than a three storey high building. If the fruits are not taken after they have just ripen then they will drop to the ground and unlike the durian they will break easily. Therefore a contraption of a kind has to be designed less  we receive fruits with dented or broken skins.

At first I thought maybe I could take a good aim and bring each one of them with a good shot from my gun. That would be a good practice of marksmanship. Then the price of each bullet does not meet the cost of the fruits themselves. So it has to be a strong, tall bamboo pole. The one you see leaning on the branch of the third picture.   

Certainly you do not take 'Quinin' as you would 'harum manis' or any other mangoes but try eating it when blended with 'sambal belacan' with your plate of rice and curry you will then realize its perfection.  Sorry to have wet your appetite. 

 Well here they are ready on the kitchen table for the speciality that comes with the unique taste and smell of this fruit.     


Al-Manar said...

By coincidence we have a tree at the back/front of our house in the centre of the city (Damansara Heights).It was a seed I got from a tree in K Bharu some 35 years ago and it has been giving excellent fruit over the years. When we were there for a couple of days recently the fruit are abundant and would be be ready in a couple of weeks. I is fortunate that the front/back of our KL house is on top of a 40 ft slope and the tree grows from the bottom, reaching the level ground. A few branches are reachable by hand. The fallen ones are not damaged because of they fall on the slope and roll to the bottom.

It is very hot where we are in KT, a record without a drop of rain for over one month. Many tree are dying of heat. Our four types of mango trees are showing young fruit, many have fallen because of extreme dryness.

kotastar said...

Thank you. Knowing both have green fingers as from the trees and plants at Al Manar I am happy to know that such a tree is fruiting at Damansara Heights and blessed that the elevation helps in a good way. BTW we are on to bread and cake making now. Should you spare a half hour from 5.00 to 5.30 on Sunday at TV3 in the coming fortnight you may see the Mrs in the final series of Ramly Bugger/Chef Liza cooking session = an architect turn 'chef''and I get to taste the best ..Salam