[Explore Tangerang] Looking for The Rare Fruits (Incidentally)

Bambang Priantono

 

Hi, this is still part of my Tangerang exploration!

In Pasar Lama I found many rare things, and the first thing was rare local fruits. Among oranges, mangoes, dragon fruits, grapes and many more modern or imported ones, I could find some rare fruits I used to have in my childhood…at least some of them still exist though the availability has already been diminished because of temporary more economical and imported fruits. I was excited when seeing those fruits, at least I recognize one of them as I could see and even ignore it in my hometown (when I was nine or ten).

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The fruits were sold between IDR 15,000 – IDR 25,000 for one kilo. I used to hate them as its sourness, but when I incidentally bought it, I found one of them was sweet as srikaya. Okay, let me tell you about them, maybe grew up in your land or maybe not..but I am sure all of these are tropical fruits.

Gohok/Gowok/Kupa

Gohok/Gowok/Kupa

  1. Gowok (Gohok, Kupa, Kaliasem)
    It looks like blueberry, but larger in size. Its tastes can be sweet or sour depend on its ripeness. People say do not eat its peels, but I did it, and it’s okay. I am not poisoned at all…hahaha.

 

Jamblang, Juwet, Duwet, Anggur Jawa

Jamblang, Juwet, Duwet, Anggur Jawa

  1. Jamblang (Duwet, Juwet)
    We call it anggur jawa (Javanese grapes) as it looks like grape…mmm..giant grape. It tastes so sour and sometimes we leave it ripened into fall down and rotten gradually. Sometimes it’s eaten with salt and chili. Eerrgghh, but I hate it.

 

Kecapi

Kecapi

  1. Kecapi (wild mangosteen)
    For me, it tastes like combination between srikaya and langsat. It has got many names like sentul, santol, santor etc. The funny things of this fruit is, we open it by putting the fruit between the door and slam it.

Then, I bought kecapi and gohok home. I enjoyed it, especially kecapi, as it’s sweet and fresh.. while the gohok was sweet but mostly sour. Unfortunately, the fruits are rare and only found in several marketplaces like Pasar Lama (Old Tangerang) and I am lucky enough to bring it home.

Nice to meet you again, kecapi, gohok, jamblang!

 

Tangerang, 30 October 2015

 

 

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9 Comments to "[Explore Tangerang] Looking for The Rare Fruits (Incidentally)"

  1. J C  16 December, 2015 at 08:20

    Waaahhhh…yang pernah tau dan makan cuma jamblang saja, yang lain belum pernah…

  2. Lani  4 December, 2015 at 04:48

    James mahalo jawabannya, aku tetep ndak tau kecuali ada nama lainnya buat orang yg tinggal di Jawa Tengah

  3. James  3 December, 2015 at 14:39

    mbak Lani, rupanya nama Kupa sudah secara bahasa Nasional umumnya, gak tau kalau ada nama daerah setempatnya, karena didaerah Jawa Barat sudah umum namanya Kupa asem-asem seger dimusim panas gitu

  4. Lani  3 December, 2015 at 12:59

    James: Kupa = cherry? apa ada nama lainnya selain kupa?

  5. James  3 December, 2015 at 09:39

    ci Lani boleh dikatakan buah Kupa itu Cherry nya Indonesia ? tapi kebanyakan kecut melulu, jadi gak suka, kalau buah Kecapi belum pernah coba

  6. Dj. 813  3 December, 2015 at 00:43

    Terimakasih sudah mengingatkan masa kecil, makan jambalng sampai muntah . . .
    Hahahahahaha . . . ! ! !
    Salam Sejahtera dari Mainz .

  7. Handoko Widagdo  2 December, 2015 at 13:55

    Indonesia memang kaya buah-buah eksotik.

  8. Lani  2 December, 2015 at 13:46

    James, mahalo. Apa itu Kupa? Klu gowok, duwet udah pernah makan, tp buah kecapi belon tp ndak tau jg klu ada di Kona

  9. James  2 December, 2015 at 12:03

    1…….never try them at all because never seen before

    halo para Kenthirs masih pada makan Kupa ?

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