These fruits caught my eye as I entered the colorful booth of Nunungan during the Araw ng Lanao Agri-Fair 2011 last July 4th. When I asked a teacher if these are longan fruits — she simply replied no. Locally known as Kahpeh, (pronounced with a prolonged “a”) these are the fruits from rattan plants.
“Really?” I exclaimed. It was the first time I’ve heard that rattan could bear fruits. Okay.
Each fruit is round about less than an inch in diameter. From afar, each round fruit look covered with black netting material; apparently my mind played tricks on me. Up close, overlapping scales-like coat protect the semi-transparent flesh inside. I haven’t got the chance to taste it but my friend Anabelle described the flavor as sweet and sometimes tangy.