Dabai is one of many exotic fruits of Sarawak. It's commonly known as or-kana (black olive in Hokkien) but technically it's not an olive. The dabai tree can grow up to 21 metres high and its furry leaves are thin and its twigs are covered with golden down. A planting distance of 9 metres is recommended. You need to prune the young trees to produce more bushy growth.
Dabai trees are dioecious (ie have separate sexes) with male and female trees required for fruiting! Hmm...
Dabai are white in colour when immature and turn black when ripe. They are oblong in shape like an olive and have thin, edible skin. The yellowish white flesh inside covers a three angled seed like a hidden diamond. Soak the dabai in hot water until they are soft. The flesh taste vaguely like avocado custard. You can dip it in soy sauce or salt before eating.
Crack open the seed and pop the kernel into your mouth. I'm not a fan of the flesh but I like the kernel. Are you a nut or a flesh person or both? It's an acquired taste. The fruit and the kernal have lots of calories with oils and proteins.
Buah Kempaya 2007
Then I found something that resembles the dabai. I think it's called buah kempaya. I have never tasted this fruit before. Does anyone know this dabai look alike? Another kana (olive)?