Tuesday, 13 August 2013

What Is That? Puffy Plant

I'm gonna start a series of photos of edible fruits that might not be familiar even to Malaysians. What trigger this was some photos I took when we were out for a walk these past week and it was interesting to note while some are quite familiar with them, some are completely oblivious about their existence.

First off :

Puffy plant or pop plant or in Malay is called "buah letup" "buah letup kelambu" and "buah ulat bulu".
The fuzzy casing is what the name "kelambu" - mosquitoes net or "ulat bulu" - caterpillar. Right? ^^

Once the fruit inside it turned yellow, it is ripe.
Delicious! Sweet. Maybe a bit sour sometimes. Of course not too filling though! xD

The plant's young leaves (pucuk) can be eaten too and these creeping plant can be used to cure some ailments too! Darn handy plant and they grow wildly by the roadside, being ignored most of the time!

Where did we find this? Not at my hometown.

It's found right at our own backyard.

40 comments:

  1. masak bubur lambuk sedap tu... can u get for me some if i need it?

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    1. La.... Ingat siapa la soaps.

      Come la, we petik sama-sama. ;-)

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  2. something very new to me..

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    1. I think you've seen them but doesn't realise it. ;-)

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  3. It's the brainy plant! :D I'm looking forward to this series. When's the next one?

    Short comment. Off to work again. Sigh.

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    1. isn't it too hot to even contemplate working? :-D

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    1. Ooo ..no wonder la coz I remember buah letup hv fuzzy casing but hv never try open it pulak

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    2. Meow,
      Yang koala commenter tu not you, ah?

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  5. Adei, shame on me for not knowing what is this indigenous fruit at first... Must go exploring more of Putrajaya for this rare fruits... Tsk tsk...

    Wanna taste some of those too... Barula x digelar jakun or city boy... Ngeh2... =P

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    1. hahaha
      Pokok letup ni is not rare at all. Just go to any places with overgrown bushes, and chances are, you can find it.

      Putrajaya has a lot of interesting stuff to see. We just need to stop & look for them. :-)

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  6. I have seen this plant many times all my life. I am surprised that it could be eaten! You ate them like snacks or dipped with sambal?

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    1. The pucuk can be cooked or eaten as Ulan.

      The fruit... I only know that kids eat them. ;-)

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  7. I do know that many weeds and wild plants by the road sides are herbs and vegetables suitable for our dinner table. I hope you can scout around and teach us how to eat them. That would help with the inflation soaring now.

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    1. nowadays mana ada tanah to let even weed grow.

      Do you know that foraging for plants is gaining popularity now in the West, Anay?

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  8. Due to its tiny sizes, I found out it's so cute, hehehe!!! =]

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  9. Mak Glam sure discovered a lot of interesting fruits at her backyard and gave Raimie valuable lesson about them.. thanks for sharing with the readers too, we too need to learn~~ :p

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    1. things don't grow on supermarket shelves. Gagaga

      That's what I'm trying to show to my son. ;)

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  10. have never seen this fruit before at all!! so you "meletopkan" the fruits, and then the yellow thing popped out from the hairy shell?? that's interesting, i mean maybe not for eating but surely for playing~~ :D

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    1. Yup.

      But beware, it's super sticky. :-)

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  11. i would definitely think they are just some creepy weeds.. didn't know the fruits are edible and same goes to the young leaves too.. i very ulu lah~~ :p

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    1. on the contrary, you just showed that you're very bandar! LOL

      Kampung kids would know and play/eaten it. ;-)

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  12. sweet and sour.. and i wonder what's the texture?? is it juicy?? looks like there are lots of mini langsat inside.. :)

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  13. I think I saw this plant before, but I din't know it can be eaten, LOL!

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  14. Oh I have seen this fruit before but have never eaten it! So it's sweet but can be sour?

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  15. When I was way younger I like to eat this. I find this growing wild at a lot of places but now not anymore. People spraying pesticides to it because it looks like weed and can't eat the fruit anymore. :(

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    1. yup, there is that too. So gotta see where is ok to pick & eat. Or otherwise, basuh bersih2.

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  16. I have never seen this plant although I live in a jungle - concrete jungle. kekeke.... Singapore has lots of man-made greenery so I doubt they would grow this for the common folks to see.

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    1. Same thing here.

      And this plant may be perceived as weed and get sprayed instead. Eyesore. :(

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  17. Used to be my favourite food when I was a kid. It grew at our backyard.

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    1. I used to love looking for them too. :)

      Hard to find them now.

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  18. I never see this plant before. Next time I see it again, I can bravely pop into my mouth. Hahaha...

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    1. Don't pop a wrong fruit! Nanti sakit perut, don't blame me. LOL

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  19. kecik2 selalu jumpa, skrg dah lupa cam ne rs nye.

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  20. Mmm.. never seen this before :p
    does it taste like langsat?

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