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Wild mangosteen of Borneo

Wild mangosteen of Borneo

Mangosteen is also known as “Queen of Fruits” and most of you may have tried it. The skin of ordinary mangosteen is in purple color, as shown in photo below:

However, I only find out recently that there is a type of wild mangosteen only found in Borneo. It’s called Selabi (hope I spell the name right).

selabi fruit
As you can see in photo above, Selabi is in bright yellow color.

flesh of selabi
When you peel off the skin, you will see orange pulp, instead of the usual white pulp of common mangosteen. Selabi tastes similar to mangosteen but sweeter and less sour.

wild mangosteen tree
Above: The wild mangosteen tree.

wild mangosteen
wild mangosteen
Due to deforestation, wild mangosteen is now very rare.

You can see this fruit in Sabah Agriculture Park (Taman Pertanian Sabah) in Tenom. Hopefully the park will introduce this Borneo fruit back into our forest again.

Photos taken in Tenom, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo

Weird flowers & fruits in Sabah Agriculture Park

Wild fruit & plant

Sabah Agriculture Park (Taman Pertanian Sabah), which is located 15 Kilometers away from Tenom town, is one of the best agriculture parks in Asia. The park has about 20 gardens with different themes, the area is so big that you need to spend a few days to see everything. I had a day trip there last week and I find the following exotic plants are interesting:

Mickey mouse flower
Mickey mouse flower
Above: “Mickey Mouse” Flower. Do you see the eyes and ears?

heart shape flower
Above: heart shape flower. Valentine’s Day is around the corner.

giant Amazonian water lily
Above: Circular floating leaves of the giant Amazonian water lily (Victoria amazonica). It can grow more than 1 Meter in diameter and no problem having a 30-40 Kg child sit on it. Some visitors throw coin on these big leaves. Please don’t do it, coz it will cause “sunburn” to the leaf when the metal coin turns hot by sunlight.

Dutchman's Pipe
Above: Dutchman’s Pipe from South America

Dutchman's Pipe
Above: Dutchman’s Pipe stinks so bad when it fully grows and flies love it.

Pucuk manis
Pucuk Manis (species name: Sauropus androgynus) is a very famous vegetable of Sabah. Local Chinese calls it “ๆ ‘ไป”่œ” (means tree vegetables literally). We always recommend tourists to try it.

shrimp's mouth
Above: this flower looks like shrimp’s mouth.

Mahkota Dewa Fruit
Above: Mahkota Dewa from Indonesia, a magical fruit that can cure cancer of early stage.

cotton tree
Above: “cotton tree”?

cotton tree
cotton tree seed
Above: the seed with “cotton” inside.

decoration tree
You should hire a guide with you if you want to sample fruits in the park. Not everything is edible. Like the fruit tree above. This tree is used for decoration and the fruits are not edible, and it’s quite a pain to clean the dropping fruits.

Burahol / kepel
Burahol / kepel fruit. Eat it and your urine will smell good.

fruit of Burahol / kepel
The fruit of burahol / kepel needs to be cooked to yellow color before consumption.

hoya flower
Above: beautiful Hoya flower

We sample some ripen fruits. I can’t recall their names. They all taste sweet with a bit of sour.

Ah Bill
Above: “Ah Bill” fruit (that’s how the name sounds like)? The meat is sweet and taste like pudding, nice!

To make the tour more enjoyable and informative, it is highly recommended that you hire a park guide to show you around. You may go in group and pay for the guide service. Even though I think Sabah Agriculture Park is one of the “must-visit” parks in Sabah, it is not a popular tourism attraction. One of the reasons is that this park is over 100 Kilometers from Kota Kinabalu city and travel agents are lack of interest to promote it.

Photos taken in Tenom, Sabah, Malaysia Borneo