kepel fruit anyone?

maspirasjr(zone 8)January 15, 2004

Another query that might be familiar to anyone from the Malaysia-Indoneia area: has anyoneever grown or tasted the rare kepel fruit from Java?

I'm not sure if "kepel" is the English, Dutch or Malay-Javanese name for this fruit, but it is related to the soursop (durian belanda) and is supposed to taste like a sweet mango with a hint of cinnamon. It is also rather rare, and I read that there are lots of these trees growing in the 'kraton' (sultan's palace) in Yogyakarta. Thanks!


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maspirasjr(zone 8)

Here's a photo article of the fruit. Unfortunately, the article seems to be in Bahasa Malay, so I can't understand it! But another indigenous name for the fruit seems to be "burahol".

Stelechocarpus burahol

    Bookmark   January 15, 2004 at 8:39AM
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Ok I read that article. Its in Bahasa Indonesia actually so my translation based on my Bahasa Melayu might be slightly off.

Title means: Burahol the Natural "Cosmetic" for the Nobility.

Most of it is description of the fruit and tree. Interesting things that it explains:

The fruit has many names. In Java is it is called Kepel or Simpel or Kecindul. The Sunda people call it Turalak or Burahol. It is from the Annonaceae family (Kenanga-kenangaan), so it is related to Kenanga(Canangium odoratum), sirsak (A. muricata), buah nona (A. reticulata), dan srikaya (A. squamosa).

It is also oftentimes called the "deodorant" fruit. It is a favorite amongst nobility especially the pricesses because it makes your sweat smell nice, your breath smell sweet.

The part I don't understand is what " bahkan bisa mengharumkan bau air seni". The literal translation means "it even makes art water smell good". I have a feeling "art water" is not what it seem ... !

It is called Kepel because it is the size of "sebesar kepalan tangan" or "Fist" because its the size of a fist.

It is also used to prevent kidney inflammation and prevent pregnancies.

The article does say that it has ceased to be popular in this day and age despite its various uses.

Hope this was helpful!

    Bookmark   March 9, 2005 at 10:42PM
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here is a pic of my kepel at two days

Here is a link that might be useful: kepel

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 11:32PM
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