The panorama on the sunrise side: an awesome view of Malarayat

The quiet panorama on the sunrise side of the farm: an awesome view of Mount Malaráyat and the river below the gap.

27 July 2011


One tree with fruit right now is bignây (Antidesma bunius), not a very popular fruit but a very attractive tree: it bears clusters of small berry-like fruits that simultaneously are in varying degrees of ripeness, so the colors in one cluster can vary from pale green to pink to bright red and black.

Apparently, it's not just me who's attracted to it but birds as well! Among the first fruit trees we planted in the gardens was this and this year, it has borne fruit, just on its third year (the photos though, are from trees that have been around much longer). Alongside arátiles, talisay, and various figs, the bignây trees hopefully contribute in making the farm a bird sanctuary.

I've read that it is widespread throughout Southeast Asia as far west as India, and that the Malay name is berunâi, which must have been the source of the name of the Sultanate of Brunei and perhaps even the island to which it is in: Borneo.


  1. The tree looks beautiful!!! So how exactly does one eat bignay? As is?

  2. You can, or some people make it into jam and even wine.

  3. What does this taste like? So curious....

  4. Medyo maasim, a bit acidic. If you know the taste of duhat and lipote, they're all similar.