Saturday, September 16, 2006



The duku langsat belongs to the same MALICEAE family as the duku and the langsat. These three type of fruits are distinguished by the color, the size, the thickness of the skin, the latex content and the taste. The duku langsat is cross between the duku and the langsat. However, it is difficult to distinguish a duku langsat from the langsat just by size and color. A good distinguishing point is in the case of duku langsat compared to that of the langsat. Additionally, there is less latex in the duku langsat.

The duku langsat tree is usually planted from seed and it takes anywhere from 15 to 20 years to mature. The recommended planting distance between the trees is 9 meter square to 12 meter square. The tree can reach a height of 30 meters. The average yield of the tree ranges from 30 to 180 kg/tree during early years and can increase to 250 kg/tree when the tree reaches the fifth years.

The duku langsat fruit spoils, turn black and splits if it is plucked under wet conditions. The fruits is normally harvested in about 3 to 4 months after the start of flowering when the fruit changes colour from green to brownish yellow.

How to Eat

The ripe duku langsat fruit contains a slight milky juice. The fruit has segments which make it easier to open by hand. Press the middle of the fruit until the shells opens. Remove the shell and the fruit is ready for consumption. At present the duku langsat fruit is only eaten fresh.

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