Sunday, January 29, 2012


Tebelus is a seasonal fruit found abundantly in Sarawak, usually together with durian and other seasonal fruits towards the end of the year.

Tebelus is a name given by the local Melanau community.  It’s scientific name is Litsea garciae, of the family Lauraceae.

It is green when mature, turning pink and softened upon ripening. 

Normally, it is soaked in warm saline solution before consuming.  The fruit actually softened when it ripe, soaking it in saline is just to add salt to make it tastier.   

The edible flesh is soft and creamy, some describe it similar to avodaco, a fruit of the same family.    

I don’t really enjoy it though.


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