Kundong is a tropical evergreen tree, aboriginal to the island of Borneo. The common name of kundong is Brunei cherry. It is found in humid environments. The height of the trees of Kundong is almost 600-800 meters long, and they grow to the height of 33 meters long. Humans used this tree in various ways, such as bark, wood, leaves, and fruits.
The scientific name of kundong is Garcinia parvifolia. It belongs to the family Clusiaceae. It mostly lies in the state of Malaysia (Sarawak). Kundong also lies in Bedanum, Sekuyat, maja, tusor. Kundong resembles mangosteen. They are mostly found along rivers. Its taste is sour, and its leaves are used as a vegetable.
How to Store Kundong
If you want your kundong to last long, you have to store it properly. It can go bad if not stored under certain circumstances. For this purpose, we can use different methods for its storage, which are given below:
If you want to dry them, you should keep your kundong in a cool and dark place. The point to ponder is that you should keep it in a cool area, not sunlight. If you keep these kundongs mistakenly in the sunlight, they will become shrink and wrinkle. Also, their flavor will become changed.
Keep Them Cold
Kundongs stay fresh in cold temperatures. To keep kundongs fresh, you should refrigerate them; first of all, put them in a plastic bag and then put them into the refrigerator. They will remain fresh for 3-5 days or two weeks.
Keep them in a room temperature for a very short time, as it does not have a long shelf life. If you keep them at room temperature, then eat them immediately because they remain fresh at room temperature for up to two days.
kundongs can pick a flavor from another; if you want to retain their tastefulness, then you should keep them apart from each other. The containers and plastic bags will help in this separation.
To keep the freshness of kundong, you need to freeze it. For this purpose, pull out a baking sheet, place kundongs on a sheet in a line, then place them in the freezer for about an hour after an hour, put them out from the freezer and keep them in an airtight bag and squeeze much air from bags as much as possible, so that they may remain fresh for almost one year.
Can You Freeze Kundong
Kundong can be frozen. First of all, we have to place kundongs on the baking sheet for about 2-3 hours. Freezing them on a tray also prevents them from sticking together. The super-easy process to freeze it is that wash them perfectly then cut them into slices. You may also cut its stems and pits if you want to use them. Place the cut pieces on a baking sheet or a silicone sheet, then freeze them in the same way as afore discussed. After freezing, place them in containers or a stasher bag.
How Long Does Kundong Last
The shelf life of kundongs depends mostly on how they were grown, how they were picked out etc. Kundongs are very good to eat when fresh, although they may last about 5-7 days or 4-10 days in the refrigerator. They may last on the same day at room temperature but can get spoil very quickly because kundongs are a highly perishable item. Dried kundongs may last about 9-12 months.
Frozen kundongs may last for a long period, but you should use them within six to nine months to achieve the full list of their taste and flavor. They may last in the freezer for about 12-24 months. If you want to use kundongs longer, you should adopt good preserving methods for it, but sometimes it may depend on the buying time of kundong. You can also make jam, jelly, sugar syrup, brandy, vodka, etc., out of them to use them longer.
How To Tell If Kundong Is Bad
Everything will be spoiled after its due date. Your kundong is a form of Brunei cherry so, it also becomes bad after some time. A few indications are described below.
- Texture: First sign of spoilage of kundong is in a change of its texture. The original texture of kundong is dark, deep red, and looks shiny, but when it starts to change into a soft and mushy texture, then it indicates that it has become bad or going to be bad. The growth of mold is another indication.
- Smell: Secondly, you should check its smell. The original smell of kundongs is like almond and floral scents. When kundongs change their smell to their pungent odor, then you should know that kundong is spoiled.
- Taste: Original taste is juicy. When you feel the change in its taste, you will come to know that they have become spoiled. Waste it quickly, and do not eat it because it may negatively affect your stomach.