Sarawak keranji fruit
Source: Sarawak Foresty
Keranji is one of Sarawak's exotic local fruits. I have not seen it anywhere outside Sarawak. What are the other local names for this? It's has a brittle skin so it would be a hassle to export...but never say never. Is its colour purple before plucking from the tree as shown?
Now they are sold by weighing (kg). In the 1960-70s before the metric system of measurement was introduced, hawkers would sell this via measuring cylinders called a chupak or cupak. A cupak is about the size of those small common blue or red plastic containers that people used to scoop water from a pail from bathing (there's no shower head in the old days let alone a bath tub).
The black shell cracks easily to reveal a delightful black paste that surrounds a seed. Paste taste test? Well, the taste is a bit like creamy caramel plus powdery raisin with a hint of sourness. The paste teases your tastebuds and lingers on your tongue and before you know it, you will finish the whole bag.
Open sesame. Here's Sarawak's black beauty.