Wednesday, 29 August, 2018 06:33:24 PM


Fruit stalls Jalan Chen Fook, Tawau
Fruit stalls Jalan Chen Fook, Tawau

2018-03-26 MON 11:11

Fruit stalls in Tawau Town Jalan Chen Fook
Along the same road with Kam Ling Seafood Restaurant

When in Borneo you must try some of the unique jungle fruits. Some example : Tarap, Cempedak, Langsat, Durian

Sample the local fruits of Borneo Island on offer, many of which you may not have seen before.

Each town and city has many stalls selling exotic fruits. Borneo is a place to be adventurous with tropical choices!


False labeling of teas or impure tea blends. Tea with impure content

A total of 8 EPPs have been identified which will generate RM3.58 billion GNI, 29,611 jobs and RM3.33 billion investment (private and public)

Sabah’s competitive advantage has allowed agriculture to flourish and contributes RM7.5 billion to Sabah’s GDP…


Entry Point Projects (EPPs) GNI  million Job Private Investment
(RM million)
Public Investment
(RM million)
1 National Seaweed Nucleus 420 13,788 359 182
2 Sabah Agro Industrial Precint (SAIP) 195 399 584 94
3 Taman Kekal Pengeluaran Makanan (TKPM) 35 479 13 47
4 Integrated Marine Fish Culture 710 1,981 804 21
5 Swiflet Commercial Centre (SCC) 405 7,648 167 13
6 High Finned Grouper & Barramundi 995 760 118 32
7 Integrated Shrimp Aquaculture 267 3,626 716 48
8 Sea Cucumber & Tiger Grouper Combine Culture 555 930 100 41


3,582 29,611 2,861 478

Need to move the focus for agriculture from inland to the coastal areas and capitalize on aquaculture activities…
Marine Cage
Fish Landing

Distribution Of Soils Suitable For Agriculture


Gateway for regional trade

Rich in natural resources (fertile agriculture land, vast fishing grounds)

Sub-tropical weather and medium to high altitude level of land favorable for agriculture activities

Calm coastline and hurricanes-free zones provide natural haven for marine aquaculture

Rich biodiversity resources
Clean environment and disease-free ADVANTAGES

Source : Department of Fisheries Sabah and Adapted from Marine Strategic Development Frame Work

Tarap Fruit

A fruit tree native to Borneo and Palawan. Closely related to the jackfruit, cempedak, and breadfruit trees.

A new and popular fruit in Tawau. The flavor is sometimes likened to that of the kiwifruit - bland, mildly sweet and low in calories. The fruit may be converted into juice or wine.

Lansium domesticum

Duku, Dokong and Langsat belong to the same species. Yellow fruit about grape size. Inside is white and fleshy. Do not bite the seed, it can be bitter.


Persea Mericana Mill
Famili : Lauraceae



Artocarpus heterophyllus

The jackfruit which is rich in vitamins is among the larger fruits cultivated in Malaysia. The golden flesh around the seed is succulent and has a distinctive taste.


Psidium guajava
Jambu Batu, Guava
Psidium gaujava L.
Famili : Myrtaceae

The guava has a pleasant crunchy texture. It can be eaten fresh or blended and served as a refreshing juice.  


Garcinia mangostana

The mangosteen is the queen of Malaysian fruits. Enclosed in the rind are snowy white segments with a sweet pleasant flavor.


Mangifera indica
Malaysia mangoes come in different shapes, sizes, textures and tastes. The pulp is slightly fibrous, succulent and firm. Mangoes are eaten fresh or chilled as dessert.


Carica Papaya

A perennial favorite rich in vitamins A and C, the papaya is popular for its sweet, extremely succulent flesh. A tantalizing dessert, especially when served chilled.


Ananas comosus

The crown and triangular-shape give the pineapple an instantly recognizable appearance. The juice is a very popular and refreshing drink.


Snake  Fruit

Salak is always creamy yellow colour and has a sweet acid taste like pineapple. Salak is not juicy which makes them especially convenient to peel and eat.


Averrhoa carambola
Refreshing and juicy. Translucent attractive flesh with a distinctive flavor. Its deep ridges produce delightful star-shaped cross-sections, making it a popular choice for fresh fruit presentations.


Duku Langsat
Lansium domesticum

Clustered in bunches, the duku langsat flesh is translucent and juicy. Eaten fresh, the duku langsat has a very delicate and sweet flavor. 


Nephelium lappaceum

The red or yellow rambutan which contains vitamin C and essential minerals is an especially refreshing treat! Its soft, translucent flesh is sweet and juicy. Particularly welcome in hot weather!


Artocarpus chempedan

A native fruit of Malaysia, the cempedak exudes a distinctly strong smell. The waxy and golden yellow flesh is sweet and has a pleasant aroma. It can be eaten fresh, fried of processed into juice.


Achras sapota

The Flesh is often of a deep brownish hue with fine texture It has a distinct sweet flavor to complement any dessert serving.  


Durio zibethinus

"King of Malaysian fruits", Its smooth and creamy yellow or white pulp is strongly flavored and sharply aromatic. 


Citrus grandis

The biggest of al citrus fruits, the pomelo is divided into 10 to 15 segments of juice-filled sacs. It is usually sweet and juicy.


Citrullus vulgaris

The watermelon has either deep red or bright yellow flesh. Chilled watermelon juice is a soothing thirst-quencher.





Tropical Fruits

Sabah is never lack of tropical fruits supplies through the whole year. Some of these fruits are grown locally here and some are imported from the neighboring countries.
There are orchards cultivating duku, durian, rambutan etc. All of the fruits can be found in fruit stalls by the road and in markets. During fruit season, a visit to Centre Market can see all kind of on-season fruits.

Durian (Durio zibethinus)

'King of Fruits'. The fruit is round to elongated green to greenish bronze in color and covered with sharp spines. It normally contains 5-6 locules, each with 1- 5 seeds embedded in custard-like aril which is whitish-cream to orangey yellow in color.

Durian is a seasonal fruits seasonal fruit although commercial cultivation has made it available most times of the year.

A ripe durian produces strong smell so bad that it is prohibited in most of the hotel and airplane in South East Asia.

Beside eaten fresh, it is also produced into various traditional products such as durian cake, durian ice ream. A good durian is always creamy rich and little bitter.


Salak (Snake fruit)

The salak (snake fruit) has dark-brown shiny skin which is tough. Originated from Indonesia but now also grown in Thailand and Malaysia. The rough skin is thin and easy to peel. Inside is a light-tan firm, dry and crunchy fruit divided into three or more lobes, usually with a single seed in the largest section.

A ripe salak is always creamy yellow color and has a sweet acid taste rather like a pineapple. Salak is not juicy which makes them especially convenient to peel and eat. The fruit has the firmness of a carrot and a distinctively agreeable flavor quite unlike any other fruit.

Recently there is another newly innovated clone, the salak pondos which can be cultivated in hydroponics method and harvest all year round in 2 years time. This new clone is sweeter and allows higher yield.


Rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum)

Rambutan is natively grows in Malaysia and Indonesia. This hairy fruits hang on branches on woody stalk and is round or oblong in shape. The hairy thin and pliable skin gains it the name, which ‘rambut’ means hair in Malay. It is usually in greenish color and will turn to yellow or red when it is ripe.

The pearly white flesh of the fruit varies in quality and taste. A good rambutan have firm and juicy flesh. Rambutan is usually eaten in fresh and raw or can be added to fruit salads or made into jams.


Langsat comes from the same species as duku.

Langsat fruits are always smaller and oval in the shape as compared with duku. The skin is pale and fawn color. Langsat usually grow in 6 to 12 fruits in a single cluster and each fruits composed of a few segments each with green and bitter seed and sourer in the taste. The skin exudes latex or sap even when it is mature, this makes it less welcome than duku.


Star fruit (Averrhoea carambola)

Star fruit tree has a lot of branches thus producing a lot of water shoots. The fruit is oval in shape with 5 ribs or angles which give a star shape when cut. This gives it the name as star fruit. The skin of the fruit is green when small and will turn into yellow or orange when ripe. The flesh is always juicy and varies from sour to sweet. Star fruit is not a seasonal fruit and can be found all year round. It is rich in Vitamin B and C and is believed that star fruit can lower the blood pressure.

Belimbing Assam

There is no English name for this fruit but Belimbing asam is a little similar appearance with star fruit, only differences are the size and taste which is smaller and sourer than star fruit. Apart from this, Belimbing Assam is also distinguishable by its smooth, unridged, yellowish-green skin, looking a little like a pickle. Juicy and acidic, this fruit is used in Malaysia for making such pickles as the Malay "sunti"; in curries; and stewed as a vegetable. Unlike the star fruit, Belimbing assam has less market value and is not exported. It is normally grown in the yard for home used.


There are various type of banana can be found in Malaysia all with different name and appearance. For example Pisang mas is the short and little banana, Pisang rastali and Pisang Tanduk are often made into fried banana and other dining banana such as Pisang Susu, Pisang Raja etc. Some bananas are even made into dishes together with its stem and flowers.

Banana is available year round and it is always not expensive in price. Banana tree has a large expanded leaves, about 2.0 m long and 50 cm wide. It has entire leaf margin and the leaf stalk elongated to form the leaf sheath. Because of the unique fragrance produced and the size, banana leaf is often used as wrapper to certain local food such as Nasi Lemak and Kuih Tepung Pelita.

When buying a banana select that is slightly green, firm, and without bruises. If the bananas have a gray tint and a dull appearance, these have been refrigerated, preventing them from ripening properly.

Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana)

Mangosteen is round in shape and the skin is light green when it is young and will eventually turn to reddish or dark purple when it is ripe. It takes about 15 years to grow a mangosteen tree before it is mature enough to produce any fruit. The flesh in the fruit is snowy white and nicely arranged in segmental form. Each fruit will have normally 6-10 segments inside. It is delicately tasted and soft. There are stigmatic lobes at the bottom part of the external cortex that shows the number of segments of the fruit and will persist until the fruit ripens. Amazing! To eat the fruit, you have to cut the thick but yet soft cortex. Be careful with the purple color juice excretes from the cortex when you open it, it will stain your cloth.

It is also called ‘the Queen of Fruits’ in Malaysia and is believe to be cool (Ying) in nature and will neutralized the heat (Yang) from other fruit, eg. durian, the King of the fruits. This answers the doubt that why it is always bought when ones is buying durian. Mangosteen is always eaten in ripen. However there are villagers eat when it is unripe by washing away the latex produces from the unripe skin.

Jack fruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus)

There is proverbs in Malay : Siapa makan nangka, dia kena getah” ---- who eats the nangka (jack fruit), will be touched by the sap, meaning that you are responsible for your own action. Name of this fruit always gives space for imagination as it always sounds like ‘Jack’s fruit’. Jack fruit hang on a stalk from the tree trunk, large and oblong in shape. A mature Jack fruit can reach to 30-90cm long, 30-50cm wide and 5-8kg in weight. Therefore it can be easily recognized among the fruit. Jack fruit has thick skin with thorns which are not shape. The flesh is firm and yellowish with seed encases in the fruit. It is eaten raw and the seeds can be eaten when it is boiled. However, the flesh is also used as dish when the fruit is unripe. There is sap produced when you cut the fruit and it is sometimes used to capture birds by the villagers. It is normally grown in yard in the village area.

Cempedak (Artocarpus champeden)

Many people confuse Cempedak with Jack fruit. They both look similar from the outer skin except cempedak is smaller and with stronger smell than jack fruit and it is a seasonal fruit. The flesh of cempedak is softer and smaller with orangey yellow. It is eaten in raw but more commonly deep fried.

Papaya (Carica papaya)

This is one of the non seasonal and evergreen fruits in Malaysia. There is always a soft main trunk and tufted leaves at the top.

Papaya vary in sizes, shape, color and taste. The outer skin is smooth and always in green color and will turn to yellow when it is ripe. It's an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Potassium, Copper, Phosphorus, Iron and Fiber. It is excellent for digestive.

Ciku (Manilkara achras)

Ciku looks similar to a kiwi fruit except it has smooth, non hairy but rusty skin. Ciku is granulated and yellowish to pinkish brown in color when it is ripe. It can be oblong or round in shape depends on the species. Ciku found in Terengganu is always oblong and light brownish in the flesh.

A well grown ciku can be in a size of 5 to 10cm long. Ripe ciku is soft and sweet unlike the unripe which is hard and unpleasantly astringent and with milky sap. It is normally eaten in fresh although there is also fried ciku slices and jam in the market.

When the skin is peeled, the soft flesh is sliced into pieces which often carved into decorative shapes. There are about 2 to 4 flat oblong black and smooth seeds in the fruit.

Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)

Perhaps everybody will agree that watermelon is the best choice to cure your thirst in a hot sunny day. It produces so much sweet and pleasantly scented juice that can easy your throat in a second.

Watermelon has herbaceous stem and tendrils and creeps on the ground. It is vary in the shape and color of the fresh. The traditional species has light green with stripes on the skin and passionate red in the flesh. However with the new innovation in the cultivation, you can see watermelon in dark green skin and yellowish or orangey yellow flesh.

Tawau has variety of tropical fruits. Bananas, jack-fruit, papaya, mango, watermelon, and pineapple are a few of the more common types. Tawau's climates and its fertile volcanic soil is most suited for lush and rapid growth of exotic fruits like ciku, jambu, durian, rambutan, duku, starfruit, mangosteen and many others.

Sabah Government has also recently introduced Permanent Food Production Zones in Tawau, Kinabatangan, Papar and Beaufort, with incentives for farmers to plant specific crops such as papaya, pineapple, avocado, mango and banana.

Durian is without a doubt favorite fruit in Malaysia and else where in South Asia like Thailand. Its strong unpalatable smell drives many new-comers away, but those who can hold their nose long enough to taste it are in store for a treat. One must try this delicious fruit at least once in a lifetime.

Fruits such as durian, rambutan, mangosteen and langsat are seasonal fruits not available throughout the year. Other LOCAL MALAYSIAN FRUITS include water-melon, banana, mango, papaya, pineapple and pomelo. The rich volcanic soil of Sabah allows many of these fruits to grow in abundance and throughout the year.

Local fruits are cheaper and fresher than imported ones. Eating more local fruits like mangoes, guavas and bananas can make us healthier and stronger. As a tourist one should support the local farmers by buying more local fruits planted by them.


  Fruit Name

2017 Price
Price per kilogram (Rm)

2000 Price
Price per kilogram (Rm)

  Chiku     4.00/Kg
  Cempedak   Rm 1.00-3.00 /each
  Coconut   Rm 2.00 /each
  Dragon Fruit     5.50/Kg
  Durian    10.00/Kg (Net Fresh no skin)
  Guava Batu    
  Mangis     4.00/Kg
  Mango (Apple)    
  Mango (Philippine)     10.00/Kg
  Papaya 3.00/Kg   1.50/Kg
  Salak (Snake Fruit)     3.00/Kg
  Honey Melon     2.50/Kg
  Water Melon     2.00/Kg
  Water Melon - Seedless     2.50/Kg

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