Friday, 15 July 2016

Late Season Mangoes of Malaysia

A most interesting sidelight to any visit to Malaysia is to taste the wondrous variety of tropical and subtropical fruits on offer. Some of the most unusual varieties are not necessarily easy to source in the more famous tourist resort areas of the nation. However, if you have the courage and inclination to venture away from the major cities, you will come across some excellent and unusual fruit varieties.

Below are some of the many tasty mango (mangga) varieties to be found by the adventurous visitor. These varieties are normally available from July onwards, towards the end of the mango season, although this may vary according to the year and season.

These mango varieties were photographed at a rest area on the National Highway near the township of Tapah. We were told that most of the fruit were grown in the vicinity of the town of Bidor. On the right is Yu Wen (a Taiwanese mango), in the centre is Mangga Raja (King Mango) and on the left is Mangga Pisang (Banana Mango). The latter is similar to Australia's TPP1 variety in colour, texture and taste. At the rear, left, is Mangga Lemak Manis (Milky Sweet Mango).

Mangga Naga (top) is similar in flavour to Australia's famous R2E2 mango. Its name means Dragon Mango. The little mangoes are Mangga Epal (Apple Mango): these are tangy-sweet and juicy little mangoes, their trees a common sight across the country. Both mango varieties were purchased at a supermarket in Klang.

These Mangga Susu (Milk Mango) might not look so inviting. However, they are fine eating. We purchased these in the Klang area. 

Chokanan is a Thai mango cultivar. However, it is widely grown throughout Malaysia. It is also available amongst the Asian communities of Sydney in February and March. These were purchased in Klang.

Our favourite late-season Malaysian mango is actually of Thai origin, but now grown in various parts of Malaysia. Mangga Lemak Manis retains its grown skin colour even when ripe. It is a deliciously sweet green-eating mango, but is, in our opinion, even more delicious when allowed to ripen naturally on the tree. As its name suggests, it has a subtle milky, sweet flavour. These fruit were purchased in Ipoh. In Thailand, it is known as Falan.

Mangga Raja is a king-sized mango and I would suggest that you share it with a friend! It is widely available and very tasty. We purchased these whoppers in Sekinchan.

Mangga Intan growing happily in Sekinchan

Purchased from a roadside stall at Sekinchan, this is Mangga Intan (Diamond Mango). We were offered a taste, and could not resist purchasing this beautiful, plump mango. My limited research would seem to indicate that this is a member of the Nam Dok Mai family of Thai mangoes.

So, while the Better Half is gorging on durian, what else can the Other Half do? Of course, gorge on mangoes...

Wishing you hours of enjoyment and contentment in your garden…

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