Local Borneo names: Kangkala, Medang, Pangalaban, Ta'ang.
Common names: Wuru Lilin, Tebulus
the Sarawak and Sabah regions of Borneo, in Malaysia and
Distribution: Taiwan, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo
(throughout the island), Philippines, Celebes.
You are bidding on * live seedlings with vigorous root systems * inches tall with * leaves born and growing in a
peat plug for ease of transplant.
Small fruit, only 1-1.5"
across, with pink to purple skin. Kangkala, Medang, Pangalaban, Ta'ang.,
Description: Tropical tree which loves water and is often found
growing near rivers and streams.
Uses: Fruits are edible. Eaten fresh or used to prepare foods. The fruit
has excellent delicate, avocado-like flavor. Fruits can be
used in the same way as the avocado.
Litsea seeds contain fats
that are used in the production of soaps and candles.
The wood is used. Lightly burned bark used to cure caterpillar
stings. Oil is extracted from the seeds.
Sub-canopy tree up to 26 m tall and 49 cm m tall and 49 cm dbh. Stipules absent.
Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, silvery shiny when
young, glabrous. Flowers ca. 15 mm diameter, white-yellow,
placed in racemes. Fruits ca. 24 mm diameter, white-yellow,
fleshy drupes placed on enlarged flower base (cupule).
On disturbed, open sites in mixed dipterocarp forests up to 200
m altitude. Often along rivers or on hillsides with sandy to
clay soils. Also commonly cultivated.
Taiwan, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Java, Borneo (throughout
the island), Philippines, Celebes.
Engkalak fruit is known by
other names such as Tebulus and Penglaban depending on the term
used by the various ethnic groups in Sarawak. Nonetheless, it
refers to the same fruit called Engkalak, as is called among the
Scientifically known as Litsea garciae, it is a
jungle plant from the Avocado family which is easily available
in Sarawak especially in Sibu, Mukah, Oya, Igan and other areas.
Some of its characteristics include seasonal fruiting similar to
durian season, wide green-colored leaves, rounded fruits which
are green when unripe and reddish color when ripens.
is easily broken and it grows naturally on the riverbanks or in
the jungle. They are also planted in farms or in the backyards.
The tree grows easily especially in peat soil and it does not
require any special care. During the fruit season, Engkalak is
easily available at the farmers markets in Kuching, Sri Aman,
Sibu and Mukah.
Unlike other fruits, Engkalak cannot be eaten
immediately once plucked due to its rancid taste and slight
itchiness which can cause discomfort to the tongue.
How to cook it? Well, engkalak does not need â€˜heavyâ€™ cooking.
Just wash them clean, take off the petal (the green cap), then soak them in warm water until they turn soft.
(The pink ripe fruit is a bit soft already). Rub a bit of salt on the white flesh then gently hit them with a fork
(top and side) and itâ€™s ready to be eaten in 15mins.
Engkalak fruit has been
one of the traditional foods among the Malay, Iban, Bidayuh,
Melanau and other ethnics since ages. Unlike other fruits,
Engkalak has to be immersed in warm water for a few minutes
until soften. Before it is eaten, the fruit is mixed with salt
to heighten its taste. The flesh is quite sweet and tasty. Young
and unripe Engkalak can be preserved or made into pickles.
However, it has to be immersed in water for a few days to
eliminate the rancid taste and itchiness besides softening the
flesh. Then, it is preserved with salt and water. This preserve
is usually eaten with pickled water and chilli.
Engkala is believed to have
originated in the Philippines though some botanists are of the
opinion that it is a natÃ¯ve of Borneo. It grows wild in forests
there in low and medium altitudes.
Besides Philippines, engkala is cultivated in the mountain
region of Java in Indonesia. This fruit is also grown to a
smaller extent in Peninsular Malaysia.
A medium to large tree attaining a height from 10-20 m, and a
trunk diameter of 40-50 cm.
Leaves ovate-oblong-lanceolate, 12-50 cm long, 15-15 cm broad.
Fruit a depressed-globose berry, 2.5-4.5 cm in diameter, pink to
purple, edible having an excellent delicate avocado like flavor.
Engkalak fruit will turn
pink when it is ripe.
The fruits are eaten. They taste some what like avocado. The
fruit can be used in the same way as the avocado The fruits are
also steamA stearic oil extracted from the seeds. This oil was commonly
used during earlier days for making soaps and candles. The wood
is used for construction.
Engkala fruits are little known outside Indonesia and
Philippines. These avocado flavoured fruits are invariably liked
by people who happen to eat them for the first time. Engkala,
therefore, deserves to be tried outside South East Asia.
Engkala is propagated by seed. It does not require and
specialized cultivation technique and is planted and maintained
like other tropical trees.
Synonyms: Listea sebifera
Lepidadenia kawakamii (Hayata) Masam.
Litsea aurea Kosterm.
Litsea kawakamii Hayata
Tetradenia kawakamii (Hayata) Nemoto
Engkala is an unusual
fruit, looking more like an unripe pink eggplant with its large
stem cap. It actually belongs to the Lauraceae, the same family
as the avocado and the bay tree.
Engkala fruits seem more than
strange. Eating directions for ripe fruits are: beat them with a
spoon, soak them in warm water, roll them, then remove the cap
and eat the entire fruit, skin and all, with a pinch of salt.
They are delicious!
The fruit flesh bears superficial
resemblance to the avocado, creamy and nutty, but in addition,
it has a slight tang. The fruits are quite perishable if
improperly handled, but with care, they could certainly bket commodity for their exquisite taste.
There are two
recognized varieties in Borneo. This form, known as Ta'ang on
Kalimantan, the island of Borneo, is slightly smaller, more intense pink-fuschia
color when ripe and reputed to be tastier.
small tree t full sun,
semi-shade, regular water, edible, ultra tropical, min. temp.
Bengali - rare exotic fruit tree. Small fruit, with pink to
purple skin and excellent delicate, avocado-like flavor. The
fruits are little known, but reputedly well-liked by those who
have had the chance to try them. Eaten fresh or used to prepare
foods. The fruit can be used in the same way as the avocado.
Litsea seeds contain fats that are used in the production of
soaps and candles. The tree comes from Sarawak and South-west
Sabah where it can be seen growing along riverbanks and
scattered near villages. The foliage looks somewhat like that of
the avocado, however the leaves are longer and droop more
gracefully. There have been attempts to cultivate the engkala in
Java. The round fruits (35 to 45 mm in diameter), flattened top
and bottom, have thin, edible bright pink skins. Medium to thick
flesh surrounds the single, avocado-like seed (1"). It is
creamy-white and similar to avocado, but softer with a more
delicate flavor. The fruit is prepared by rolling it around a
basket, or hitting it with the back of a spoon. The seeds are a
source of fat and are used to manufacture candles and soap. The
engkala grows rapidly and tolerates high light levels if well
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