The "Balem" tree is tall and upright . In case there is heavy rain or strong wind you are advised not to walk underneath the tree or you will get knocked off with a Life Achievement Prize of the Day on the head!!!Some Balem fruits can weigh two kilos.
Picture taken in June. Thus the balem fruiting season in Bintulu is between the months of June-September
A ripe Balem fruit. Notice the fibrous flesh and thick skin . Its thick skin enables it to be kept for longer periods.
An unripe fruit cut into two to show the thick flesh as well as the big sized seed at the core.
Locals here cut the unripe flesh into small pieces and take them as salad with the ever popular local shrimp paste called "Belacan".