Guilty…

If Cleffairy were to accuse me of putting up this post with the sole intention of torturing Annie-Q, I would definitely plead guilty as charged as she would be so darn right! LOL!!!

You see, in her comment the other day, Annie said, “Did you just mention ‘quinee’??? WOW!! So so long I never had quinee, I love quinee, very nice smell and yummy!!! Slurp slurp. Quinee also got season one right? Hmmmm….

Well, it used to be seasonal but with global warming and climatic changes in the world today, even Mother Nature is totally confused. If you look at my neightbour’s trees at this point in time, one is flowering…

Quinee - flowers

…while on the other tree, the fruits are about ready to fall off…

Quinee - tree & fruit

In the past, it used to be hot and arid around the middle of the year and wet and gloomy around year-end when all the fruits would appear in the market – durians, dabai (black olives), lenggengΒ or mata kucing, langsat, manggis (mangosteen) and a whole lot of others. Β That was what we would call the fruit season then but these days, it is no longer so predictable. The fruits would appear at odd times and sometimes in abundance while at other times, there would just be a bit and they would cost a bomb.

Quinee is quite common here probably because it is easy to plant and does not need much care and attention unlike the Thai mango…or worse, the coconut mango or the apple mango varieties. But some of the fruits may be too fibrous and are generally not very popular. I had two big trees in my garden before – the fruits were the best in town but at one stage, the trees were infested with bees. The dreaded insects would come in the daytime and by nightfall, I would see them flying home, wherever that was, in one big thick black cloud. Because of their presence, I was afraid to let my daughter out of the house in case she got stung and eventually, I had to engage some people to come and chop the trees down and take everything – leaves, branches and trunks away.

It was a pity really for everytime the trees started bearing fruits…

Quinee - fruit

…I was able to go round distributing them to all my relatives and friends in town and after a couple of rounds, there would still be a lot left and I would take them to the fruit sellers in town. At RM1.00 per fruit and 80 sen if they were a bit smaller, I was able to make at least RM200-300 each time.

I do not eat it myself though for even after one slice…

Quinee - peeled & sliced

…I would feel as if I am coming down with a sore throat or a fever so whenever my neighbour’s would drop on my side of the fence, I would just throw them back. You want some, Annie? Muahahahaha!!!!

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31 thoughts on “Guilty…”

  1. Yes, this type has “hair” inside… but they can be very very sweet!! Gosh.. i can imagine eating one now… but beware of one thing.. they can be “bisa” to those with skin problem…
    I think Elin used these to make chaknee before.. mango paste eaten with bread!

    No, the good ones not fibrous – no “hair” inside…like those in my garden. Very good, that’s why sold like hot cakes. Dunno about it being “bisa” but I know very very heaty – maybe that’s why they say it is “bisa” – will get all the pimples and the boils erupting like volcanoes… You mean chutney, I suppose. I love mango chutney or pineapple chutney – they give at those banana leaf rice places. Yum! Yum!

  2. Yummy fruit. Like the now totally extinct mawan, it’s a Sarawak delicacy, at least I think so. Had them every day last week until Friday when the lady at the Dewan Civic stopped getting it from her supplier.

    No lah! Mawang is still around – maybe not the season – the ones with the thick brown skin. I may have had a post on it – mostly very sour and we usually eat with belacan and rice. Very coarse and maybe fibrous – I don’t really like it. Gosh! You’re a quinee lover too? Like Annie-Q? LOL!!!

  3. hey, so really good money to be able to sell them for RM200 at least huh, haha!! you can actually start doing the mango business.. the vivid color of the flesh looks like the mango is very sweet, you didn’t even try a slice??

    Too bad my trees are all gone now – I hear they’re selling RM6 a kilo in Kuching right now…and those fruits are heavy! Yes, the good ones are really very sweet – I hear you eat some, your blood sugar level shoots right up through your head. Muahahahaha!!!

  4. Gosh!!..the mango…yummy. The colour of it looks so nice, sweet & juicy. Wait, wait, I have to swallow my saliva first. BTW, quinee & mango…sometimes makes me confuse which is which. Hey, STP, next time don’t throw back to your neighbour, throw it to me…LOL!!!!…………………

    Too bad you’re not in Sibu, otherwise I will say to you…catch! LOL!!! πŸ˜€ Quinee is local mango…and mangoes would be the longish fruit with a slightly-tilted tail-end – those are milder and do not have much smell unlike these – can smell a mile away like durians – not allowed on board aeroplanes.

  5. Quinee! I first heard of this term from my mum who always buys these home last time. It’s so sweet and nice. Love quinees to the max XD

    You do? Too bad I don’t have anymore…unless I go and pinch my neighbours’. LOL!!!

  6. so cheap ah 80sen to RM1. Hard to find in KL unless go malay markets. KT have a lot.

    That was so many years ago – sell to sellers, dunno how much they sold…maybe RM1.00 -1.20. I just heard in Kuching, the current price is RM6.00 a kg…and the fruits are heavy.

    1. Too bad the trees chopped off. Sell in KL sure very valuable.

      Even if I still have them, how to send? Banned on aircrafts…like durians! Not allowed on board!

  7. Simply delicious. πŸ™‚ Your post reminds me of the yummy dried mangoes that I bought during one of my travels. I miss eating dried mangoes.

    I don’t mind fresh mangoes…and with glutinous rice and coconut milk, they’re heavenly. Popular Thai dessert…

  8. tsk tsk tsk tsk tsk…poor me got “attack” by quinee post.

    After i make that comment, you quickly go and snap a picture of your neighbour quinee and do this post? *shake head*

    So who finish that plate of quinee? Like what Irene said, next time, don’t throw back to your neighbour, throw it to me, the more the merrier.

    Tonight have to go back and eat my mangoes to replace this quinee! Humph!

    Hahahahahaha!!!! So kesian! Now you know what a nice friend you have – always thinking of you…and sharing with you things that you love a lot. πŸ˜€ My mum ate those – I cut for her… Imagine sucking the seed and eating the flesh stuck to the seed…and the juice escaping through in between your fingers and trickling down the back of your hand… Slurpsss!!! Slurpsss!!!! Ahhhhh!!!! So nice, so sweet! Muahahahahaha!!!!!

    1. Haihh… kesian u Annie… today ur the mangsa. Dono when will be my turn pulak. Chamz. I’m sure Shereen wun kena this few days cuz she’ll be off on holiday… but I’m sure Cikgu have something up his sleeves for me. Must be snickering somewhere out there right now.

      Now…let’s see. Tomorrow – not for you…..the next day….ummmm, not sure. Muahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

  9. I love mangoes! I still have one large one from Thailand in my fridge! yummy!

    Many people prefer these to those Thai mangoes…

  10. Lots in Kuching too! My throat tickles just seeing them!

    Yes, can find these in Kuching too. I remember Mrs. Ryan (Nanas Road West) had a tree or more and on windy days, I would use an umbrella to go under the trees to pick the fruits for her…for fear of being hit by the dropping fruits. LOL!!!

  11. Yeap, with the hot spell, I would not want to eat those quinnee, mango or durian too much. I still recovering from sore throat, anyway. You have great weekend over there!

    Rambutans, lenggeng, cempedak, nangka…a whole lot of others! That’s why in my younger days, during the fruit season, a lot of people fell sick…😦

  12. I dun like quinne… so berbulus… the bulus will stick in between my teeth and feels so uncomfortable..summore the smell… eee…. no.. not for me.. but gimme Musang King!! i want! πŸ˜€

    Obviously you had the not-so-good ones. Not the good quality ones…and not those that I had in my garden. That was why the fruit sellers in town were so desperate to buy from me – even said they could come to my house to shake the tree and the branches to make the fruits fall. Quinee, like durians, must fall naturally from the tree when ripe enough- cannot pluck one. Yup…the smell’s very pungent…I also don’t like smelling it for long…especially when there’s one in the house and I have to smell it the whole day… Tsk! Tsk!

  13. Haihhh… kesian… kesian Annie… u ahh, memang jahat… I tink everyday ah, u sit there and tink how to torture us ladies… Annie la, Shereen la… den there’s me oso. >.<

    Where got torture? I’m so nice…friend-friend…always eager to share-share. Muahahahahaha!!!! πŸ˜€

  14. I love this mango…make them with sambal ….heaven on earth ! Wow…RM200 ! that is good profit πŸ™‚

    We usually eat it as it is…like Thai mango. The one with thick brown skin – we call buah mawang – that one’s more compatible with sambal…or the smaller, very sour version – buah emplam. Oooo…I love those! Also heaty…can’t take too much. 😦

  15. some people find quinine mango repulsive, they really hate the smell but I digress. love the lingering aroma.. hhmmmmmm…

    I’m not crazy about the smell myself…nor that of durian – can stay in the house or the car long after the fruit is gone. Tsk! Tsk! 😦

  16. It’s interesting how you called the different mango variety. I think we have about 25 varieties in Indonesia. My favourites are harum manis (my dad has a whole farm) and mangga indramayu( very well known for it’s potent taste and peachy aroma but easy to induce sore throat). We prefer them firm in Indonesia.
    If only I could grow mango here. I would make a mango honey out of those bees (try to kidnapp the queen πŸ˜‰

    Ummmm…I wonder what bees you’re trying to kidnap! LOL!!! πŸ˜€ We do not have that many originally local varieties here…and they have Malay names – buah quinee, buah mawang, buah emplam and a distant cousin perhaps, buah kedundong. Then we have the non-native Thai variety and also the hybrids – apple mango and coconut mango. I guess they’re all heaty – will cause sore throats so take sparingly.

    P.S. What happens to the male bee after “sex” with the Queen bee? She eats him!!! Muahahahaha!!!

  17. What is a Quinee? Is that a type of mango? I LOVE mangoes!! Why did you throw to your neighbour? Throw to me!! LOL!

    I’m a sweet, nice and honest man mah! Hehehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜€

  18. I love quinee! We use to have a tree in front of our old house. By the by, do you know someone call Jacqueline Wong, who is to study in Tung Hua- she used to enter a lot of singing competitions in her school days in the 70s….

    I know one who used to win most if not all the contests in town then but she’s not from Tung Hua – was in St E and then Catholic High…had a couple of recordings. Now retired and residing in the US.

    1. Hmm… I don’t thinkl it’s the same person. The lady I mentioned is my aunt who claims to know you from her secondary school days (70s)- apparently, you guys used to hang out together with some of her other friends and she used to join singing competitions and that was where she knew you from. Her friends knew her as Jackie Wong Leh Choo. Intriguing, eh? but she may have got the wrong person- not to worry.

      Hey! Yes!!!! I know her. Jackie, never knew her as Jacqueline. Where is she now? I knew her when she was working in Kuching in the 70s – we were staying at the same friend’s house. After that, we lost touch completely…including with that friend of ours. Didn’t know she was in Tung Hua or used to join singing contests. She has a sister – Judy or something.

      1. You know lah, Jacqueline more posh and mysterious, what!! hahahaha! Judy is my mum πŸ™‚ Jackie was reminiscing the other day and wanted to ‘find’ you, my mum said. My mum is on holiday in London with me at the moment. Heh,heh, I can tell her that I’ve ‘found’ you, unless you don’t want to be found then I won’t say a thing, of course.. I’ll write more on FB.

        Oh! Small world indeed! I don’t know your mum personally but Jackie and I were good friends. Ok, will exchange more on FB. Thanks for adding me.

  19. Ohhhh…. when I see mango, I smell dessert!!!! U call it quinee? Hehe… tht name is so cute!

    First time you’ve heard the name? Haven’t seen this variety of mango before too, I guess? πŸ˜‰

  20. Is this the same as quinine? It has a very distinct smell right? almost a kind of pungent mango smell? I love mangoes, as long as they’re sweet. Although, I might not like those with alot of fibres in them – always get stuck between the teeth.

    Quinee lah… Quinine is a medicinal cure for people suffering from Malaria. LOL!!! πŸ˜€

    1. It’s quinine – I no bluff, we always call it with the ‘neen’ pronunciation at the end. See I even Googled it:

      http://www.123rf.com/photo_2175283_one-large-green-quinine-tropical-mango-isolated-on-white.html

      Even on Elinluv’s
      http://elinluv.blogspot.com/2011/01/quinine-tropical-mango-sambal-chutney.html

      yes it’s also a cure for malaria.

      Oh? We call this local mango – qui-nee here and not quinine…and I don’t think it’s the same thing used for curing malaria. Quinine is from the bark of a tree – my mother took the medicine when she was young and that is why she has always been a little deaf – she says it’s the side effect of taking quinine, dunno how true: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinine

  21. I like this fruit. Last few days I finished 2 quinee and I am looking for it again.

    Aiyor…so tahan! I take one slice and I’ll fall sick right away. 😦

  22. I bought 2 quinine mango last sunday from the market of Tanjong Sepat, put in my car and headed for Tanjong Langat. The car was overpowered by its aroma but there was another that almost vomited when we arrived at Tg Langat.

    Yes, the smell is over-powering, many many times worse than the regular mangoes plus the smell would stay in the car for days and days. That is why they are not allowed on flights, cannot bring on board any aeroplane – the same as durians. I can’t eat it either – one slice and I would feel sick already, too heaty.

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