23 responses

  1. jessiev
    August 28, 2009

    what does the outside feel like? it looks like a hedgehog! how interesting – thanks for sharing this!

    • The Longest Way Home
      August 29, 2009

      it feels like a hedgehog too I guess! Not a spiky as a Durian, easy enough to handle so that when you pull it apart, it comes off quite easily

  2. AudMraz
    September 2, 2009

    Hi there,

    We have this in Sabah too and we call it ‘tarap’ One of them pungent fruits, though probably not as bad as the durian. The seeds can be fried, the hard skin peeled off and eaten, almost nutty in flavour.

    • The Longest Way Home
      September 7, 2009


      Yea there’s a little smell alright. But it’s never really bothered me. Durian on the other hand … I think Jack fruit is also a little stinky.

      Thanks for the tip about being able to fry the small seeds!

  3. Trixie
    September 3, 2009

    The “ugliest” food tends to be the most tasty. Go figure.

    Amazing site, by the way!

    • The Longest Way Home
      September 3, 2009

      Yea it’s not the prettiest fruit in the world, but then like you so say, it sure is tasty!

  4. merlz
    September 9, 2009

    i love marang fruit too much…yummyyyyyyy

    • The Longest Way Home
      September 9, 2009

      @merlz it’s really my favorite too!

  5. LU
    September 13, 2009

    Gracia’s farm has Durian Trees but she doesn’t like Durian and never tried eating. Most blind here eat Durian. I like eating too but had high blood pressure and it’s not advisable
    Blind friend’s here says HELLO SIR!

    soon we’ll travel to cebu for the educational trip. ..wish your camera captures our journey hahaha

    • The Longest Way Home
      September 13, 2009

      Hello Lu!

      Yes I think Durian contains a lot of cholesterol! Better to stay away from it in that case. I’ll be writing about it soon!

      Special hello to all the blind guys and a big hug to all! Be safe on your trip to Cebu. And keep Gracia’s Durian farm a secret, otherwise everyone will want free Durian.

      Next time we’ll do some more taking photos. Don’t forget you guys can keep up with my journey on the Sight Impaired version be clicking here Travel Blog for the Blind. There’s sound files you can listen too, and download. Also on the main blog page there’s a “listen Now” button, give that a click and you should hear a voice.

      All best to you all

  6. durian jam
    November 1, 2009

    Marang fruit was a surprise for me. I was expecting Durian but the skin/peel/outer spikey thing was very soft and easy to remove, and it didn’t smell bad. The fruit itself is kind of like a cross between a Durian and longan but doesn’t taste like either.

  7. Marang relief thirst and starve
    January 14, 2010

    After our prayer meeting I felt that I had to eat and drink something that could surpass my tiring body, then my big sister Juliet gave me the Marang, huh i could eat everything, then I feel relax and happy. I search its nutritional fact on the internet and it is non acidic therefore it is alkaline food that’s why I feel very good after eating it..thanks to God by creating Marang in the philippines

    • The Longest Way Home
      January 14, 2010

      -Marang relief thirst and starve- Thanks for the comment, glad it was something you enjoyed!

    March 27, 2010

    Durian can cause blood pressure to rise if eaten more than the dietary needs but is cholesterol free based on the website i’ve just read (about durian nutritional & health facts) awhile ago. it’s really nice to discover the health benefits what these tropical fruits can do to us. And these fruits were one of God’s perfect creation because HE knows it’s best for our body. We just need to eat them in moderation, of course. :p

    • The Longest Way Home
      March 29, 2010

      -GLEETS- Well, I did also write about Durian. This article is about the Marang, a relative of the Durian and Jack fruit. There’s heath benefits in most fruit out there, but like you say, in moderation.

  9. Black Goblin
    October 22, 2010

    In Sarawak this fruit is known as “Tarap” i love this fruit, awesome its not Jackfruit nor is it Breadfruit or Chempadak, but its totally delicious. Ive also tried the fermented one, you should try

    • The Longest Way Home
      October 26, 2010

      Interesting information, thank you.

  10. Palawan Martin
    September 19, 2011

    We have just eaten out first Marang, F A B U L O U S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Only just appeared today in the palengke (market).
    What a pleasant surprise, much much tastier than a jackfruit, smells vaguely citrusy, leaves an aftertaste like a durian.
    I would describe the flavour as part jack fruit, part durian, part pink grapefruit, part unique !

    • The Longest Way Home
      September 20, 2011

      Ha! So you have your first Marang! My favorite fruit in the Philippines, if not in all Asia.

      Have you tried putting one in a refridgerator (if you have one) over night. Leave it in it’s spiky skin untouched. Then in the morning when it’s cold unpeel it, and eat with a fork. It tastes quite different to a warm (room temperature) Marang!

      Locals kept telling me you could boil, then dry the seeds for snack foods. Never has much success with that one! Enjoy marang season!

  11. Badedals
    December 20, 2011

    The inside of this foul fruit actually closely resembles a yeti’s scrotum. It smells like something dead also.

  12. Lyn
    October 13, 2012

    hello! when the person have a high blood they can eat marang?

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      October 13, 2012

      Hello Lyn, I don’t see any evidence to sat why one shouldn’t. Marang is a part of the breadfruit lineage which roughly 25% carbohydrates and 70% water. With average amount of vitamin C (20 mg/100 g), small amounts of potassium and zind and thiamin (100 μg/100 g). However in the event of any medical condition I would advise getting qualified medical advice first.

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