Teringat buah keriang...
Dulu on the left side of my house there was this pokok keriang.It was a big tree indeed and so tall with lots of keriang. My kids maybe tak tau pun apa itu buah keriang.Keriang are a little smaller than black berries. And if you eat them you cant hide it because your tongue will turn purplish black too like the buah keriang.
In those days there were lots of keriang around the village.They were sweet and tasty. I love them., but so hard to get them because the trees were tall and my mum was really against the idea if we try to climb and get them..
. In my class masa tu there were a few kids who sold keriang in school.They put the fruits in banana leaves made into a cone dan di semat dengan lidi supaya tidak jatuh. Satu hanya 5 sen..By the time we got back into class after recess, semua orang senyum dengan mulut warna purple..and semua gelak.Kadang2 cikgu2 pun makan di staff room...depa pun teringin juga..
About 500 meters from my house there was this man..Pak Hamid ( not his real name ) who sold keriang everyday during the fruit season. .He would wrap the keriang in banana leaves and carried them in a basket around the village.
Sometimes my brothers would try to climb the keriang tree to get the black juicy keriang. Belum sempat panjat dah kena rotan kaki ..Satu masalah, dia suka berbuah di hujung dahan.Dahannya pula rapuh. Sikit je silap langkah boleh patah..and peraap....finished...
One day we waited for Pak Hamid to buy the keriang.Tunggu punya tunggu, punya tunggu..Pak Hamid tak timbul-timbul..( tiru dialog P Ramlee dalam seniman bujang lapok ).
The next day we got the bad news. Dia jatuh pokok keriang.They found him under the big tree, one hand still holding a plastic bag of keriang. He was dead. ....! !
This is pokok keriang.Mostly found in the northern states of Malaysia. I am drooling just to look at the keriang on the tree.I wonder di mana la ada di jual buah ni lagi...anybody knows??