Liposu (scientific name: Baccaurea lanceolata) is a type of sour fruit found in Sabah that can grow up to 30 meters high, and found in lowland forests to sub-montane forests up to 1300 Metres in altitude. The tree fruits all year round but is rarely available as the tree grows at high altitudes.
It is widely distributed in Southeast Asia and has many local names such as Borneo ampusu, and Asam pahong in Peninsular Malaysia, Lingsoe in Java, Kalampesu in Kalimantan, Lampaung in Brunei, Som lok in Thailand, Lengsu in West Java, Tegeiluk in Sumatra, and Liposu here in Sabah.
When ripe, the fruits turn yellowish or light brown and that’s when we can enjoy these tasty fruits. Many people usually dip them in sugar or salt, or enjoy it with rice alone. Another way to eat them is to pickle or make them into sambal. 😋