Kesusu: A Tropical Fruit with Peculiar Shape

Limpato or kesusu fruit is a variety that is seen in the humid tropics of Southeast Asia that spreads Malaysia, Sumatra, Indonesia and New Guinea. The taste of the fruit helps the plant slowly spread to other countries as well. The sweet taste and beautiful aroma of the fruit make it a favourite among the people of Southeast Asia. The fruit is so sweet, that it is a favourite for squirrels, they consume the fruits when they are barely ripe. Kesusu is a relative of the jackfruit tree family. Its scientific name is Prainea Limpato.

Characteristics of kesusu tree

Kesusu tree is an evergreen canopy tree that grows up to 30 meters if it’s not restricted by pruning. The inner bark is orange coloured and has latex. Leaves are oval-shaped and 10-15 cm long. Leaves are growing in clusters and have 12-14 leaves in a cluster. The fruits are borne on branches and have a peculiar shape.

Fruit shape, taste and other peculiarities

Fruit’s shape is very different from other fruits and some applauds the shape while others are uncomfortable. When the fruit is young it has dark green colour and when the fruit matures it turns into bright orange colour. When the fruit ripens, it has the smell of ripened banana and its taste is a mixture of ripened banana and strawberry. Seeds can be easily removed from the fruit and the surface is a little bit oily. The edible fruit grows in a cluster that grows up to 2-3 centimetres.

Budding and grafting techniques are not successful for kesusu. Seeds are used for propagation and they require a tropical or subtropical climate for the plant to grow. It will take 4 years for the plant to bear fruit from the date of planting a sapling. It is said, the fruit has certain medicinal values as well.