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5 Malaysian Local Fruits Tourists Should Try

Malaysia is a tropical country with perennial heat and sufficient rainfall and with weather like this it is a paradise for a wide variety of succulent fruits that are cultivated here.

The country boasts of some of the best tropical local fruits that are specially found there which is a heaven for many fruit lovers.

Between June- August the Malaysian local fruits are available in abundance and you will be spoilt for choice.

We recommend these 5 Malaysian local fruits that tourists should try:


Durian-Malaysian Local Fruits

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Popularly known as the king of fruits in Malaysia. It is the most recognizable fruit about the size of a football; covered with sharp spines it has a thick husk with a creamy yellow pulp inside. The strong smell can be off-putting, but once tasted you will realise why it is called the King of fruits. It is a love or hate fruit, you’ll either hate it because of it’s intense pungent smell or you’ll love it completely because of it’s sweet tasting flavour. Durian has many health benefits which are known to prevent constipation, improve digestion and blood sugar.


Mangosteen-Malaysian Local Fruits

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Mangosteen is a tropical evergreen tree and is known as the Queen of fruits. It is widely available in most of the Southeast Asian regions including Malaysia. The fruit has a deep purple rind and a white pulp which looks like an orange, with a sweet taste. The rind, fruit and barks are known to have medicinal value and is used to treat diarrhea, menstrual disorders and for stimulating the immune system.


rambutan-Malaysian Local Fruits

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If you take a closer look, this fruit resembles Lychee and is one of the most juiciest fruits you can ever savour. Rambutan is a tropical fruit and the name is derived from the Indonesian name “rambut” which means hair, it is popularly known as a hairy fruit because of its appearance. These small, red coloured fruits have a juicy and sweet flesh rich in Vitamin C and minerals. They are also available yellow colour. It is known to have been beneficial in removing waste from the kidneys is a rich source of iron and fiber content.


cempedak-Malaysian Local Fruits

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A cousin of jack fruit, this exotic fruit is one of the most favourite among Malaysians. It has strong smell when ripe and the pulp is juicy-yellow and sweet. It can be eaten fresh or made into a refreshing juice. The seeds can be roasted and consumed too. Cempedak is rich in vitamin A and fiber known to promote eye health and digestion.

Salak ( snake fruit)


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This exotic tropical fruit is little known outside Southeast Asia and has reddish-brown scaly skin which resembles a snake and thus the name- snake fruit. Salak grows in clusters has a translucent flesh that is juicy and sweet. It is known to have been beneficial in treating Diarrhea, heartburns, improve eyesight and skin.

Other exotic fruits include Duku, honey apple, Nipa palm fruit, cermai and langsat.

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