Thursday, September 3, 2009


cempedak tree

cut open to reveal the fleshy pulp inside

Chempedak or cempedak (pronounced "chem-pe-dak"; syn. Artocarpus integer (Thunb.) Merr., Artocarpus polyphema Pers.) is a species of tree and its fruit in the family Moraceae. It is native to southeast Asia, occurring from West Malaysia east to West Irian on the island of New Guinea. It has been introduced to Queensland. The vigorously growing, medium-sized tree can bear heavy crops of fruit once or twice a year. There are many varieties, although few are named. The sausage-shaped fruits range from 22 to 50 centimetres in length and 10 to 17 cm across. The edible arils surrounding the large seeds are yellow, orange or green in colour.

The taste of the fruit is similar to the related Jackfruit and Breadfruit with a hint of Durian. The sweet, juicy pulp surrounds the seeds in a thick layer between the husk and an inedible core. The green skin is thin and leathery, patterned with hexagons that are either flat or raised protuberances like jackfruit skin. The fruit is very popular in its native area, and is becoming so in Queensland. Fritters made by dipping arils in batter and frying in oil are sold in the streets of Malaysia.(wikipedia)


aku said...

buoh cempedok diluo pagor,
amik galoh tolong jolok ke,
bulan pose jange telanjor,
jange cempedok menjadi nangke..

benludin said...

buah cempedak dalam pagar,
amik galah pegi la jolok,
pantun ni keh mmg tak berapa terer,
belasah je la janji rock!!!

B SQUARED said...

Never seen it. Would love to give it a try.

benludin said...

B Squared,
worth a try...but i dunno whether u can get it or not in the states

J.C. said...

Those chempedak looks yummy! I love fried chempedak best.