|LANSIUM DOMESTICUM - Langsat, Duku, Lanzone |
A medium-sized tree indigenous to the Malayan peninsula and the East Indies. The tree is erect and symmetrical. It is a slender tree with pinnate leaves composed of 5-7 leaflets 4-8 inches long. The small sub-sessile flowers are borne on racemes or spikes on the trunk or large branches. The fruits held in clusters are 1-2 inches in diameter, straw-colored, with a thick leathery skin enclosing segments of white translucent juicy aromatic flesh. The fruit is eaten fresh or cooked. The tree is tropical, not standing drought or cold. There are several varieties of langsat which are distinguishable by the fruit size and flavor.