The tall and lush butter fruit tree outside our house is fruiting heavily this year, the heaviest to date as far as I can recall since it was planted ~10 years ago by the property developer as ornamental trees for the neighbourhood. Everyday, for the past few weeks, there will be a number of ripen fruits either resting on the soft grassy patch below the tree or rolled out onto the access road. I will gather them all and place them under the tree. The birds and squirrels will visit and have a field day enjoying them. I think the heavy fruiting could be due to the long hot (and dry) spell we have been experiencing for the past 2-3 months. The ripen fruits colour and texture look so lovely, something which I wanted to photograph for some time now but never quite got to doing it. Today, I did just that :), hope you enjoy.
The butter fruit (Diospyros blancoi) plant is of the genus Diospyros of ebony trees and persimmons. Its fruit is reddish pink in colour, with a fine velvety brownish hair covering its skin, which reminds me of peaches. The fine velvety hair is nice to the touch and feel but causes itching and irritation, something which I found out to my detriment when handling them for this photo shoot.The ripen fruit can be as big as 4 inches in diameter, is edible but has an aroma (some describe it as rotten cheese or cat faeces) which most people find disagreeable, hence its lack of popularity, I suppose. Its whitish flesh is soft, creamy (like butter), with a tinge of sweetness and packed with vitamins and nutrients good for our health and general well being. Best consumed with the skin pared as the unpleasant aroma of the fruit is from the skin. The butter fruit is called buah mentega or buah sagalat in Malaysia.
All photos: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 55-200 mm
At Earl’s request, I am including a couple of additional photos as per his suggestion. Thanks, Earl, and hope you like these too.
Cluster of butter fruit resting on the ground below the tree, note the fruit in the foreground partially consumed by a squirrel before it skittered away at my approach, they are awfully shy, them squirrels, and I am sorry I frightened it away while it was enjoying its fruit…
And when they are growing on its tree, note the few tiny budding fruits forming left of the frame …