Betty bought bit butter from the forest… Ooh, really?
These butters from the forest is not produced by cows, but rather 40-50meter gentle giants, hmmm that sounds interesting !
And not every day, but once 4 years, that means, Betty is not going to get butter supply regularly.
These are the Shorea Microphylla trees don’t bother with this jargon or Iban people call it Engkabang commonly known as a family of red Meranti. Engkabang trees are native to Borneo, but if you are in Kuala Lumpur not to worry please ask JohnsonMalaysia.com to view near Kuala Lumpur city. Engkabang giants have large leaves slightly larger than human palm and sizable 5 petal wings seed. The Iban collect them from the forest because it is commercially Not possible to cultivate because the waiting period is too long.
The fruit is the picture is taken by JohnsonMalaysia.com to shows the seed. The native will peel the 5 wings, dry it under the sun and pound to extract the oil into bamboo. Then when it is left it will harden like butter hence its known as butter of the forest. The butter is also known as illipe butter or like cocoa butter. In cosmetics it is known to have anti aging property.
It grows by the river or streams, when i look at it this reminds me of a verse that goes …. like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season…Ps 1:3 its in the bible. The Butter is like Indian Bryani for the Sarawak natives the butter is mixed on a hot rice to melt like a butter into the rice making it rich in natural butter. Don’t miss to follow with Johnson to know this wonderful tress0