Tropical fruits of Borneo

Here’s a list of some of the fruits that you can find in Borneo. Some are common tropical fruits like the rambutan and mangosteen, while some are less commonly found like the tarap, bambangan and belunu.

Some fruits can be found the whole year round, but most are seasonal. Fruiting season is usually between July to September and December to January.

In Sabah, the best place to sample the local fruits is at Kundasang, near Kinabalu Park, and for those heading south, along the roadside from Papar to Beaufort. In Kota Kinabalu, the Filipino market and Central market are good places to satisfy your tropical fruit cravings.



  1. Tadpole said,

    June 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Thanks for sharing. The Mini watermelon is so cute. Where did you see it?

    • losttraveller said,

      June 22, 2012 at 7:36 AM

      That was in the market in Kuching, tadpole.

  2. dieta said,

    July 8, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    Yellow-green bananas will usually become ripe at room temperature within one to three days. Unripe bananas should not be refrigerated because the cold can interfere with ripening. Once bananas are ripe, they can be refrigerated for up to two weeks (their skins will turn black). Bananas ripen more quickly than most fruits because they release a high concentration of ethylene gas. To hasten the ripening process, place them in a paper or plastic bag. To take advantage of very ripe bananas, peel them, cut them into chunks and freeze them.

  3. Amiel said,

    July 9, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    The tropical fruits are sooo delicious.

  4. Sophie said,

    November 13, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    They all look so delicious, I hope one day I can try them all!!

    • losttraveller said,

      November 13, 2012 at 9:22 PM

      I hope you can too. 🙂

  5. Dan S said,

    May 12, 2013 at 2:13 AM

    Looking for tips on fruits (markets, gardens, tours for finding wild fruits). I’m looking for the less common ones (durian relatives, mangosteen relatives, rambutan relatives, odd Artocarpus like Terap). What is available in June, what are they called, where to find them.

  6. June 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Just lovin’ this island with its wild nature and extremely friendly people. Hope the nature here remains preserved. I first tried Manggis when I was up in Thailand and had to name them “White man’s testicals in a black man’s balls”. Rather juicy actually.

    • lost traveller said,

      June 19, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      hahaha. nice name. But I think I prefer manggis. 😀

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