Marang is a fruit that is very large and resembles jackfruit in many ways. It has a very hard exterior that is greenish-yellow to brown and contain yellow spines, while the interior of the marang is soft and juicy and is white. Marang tastes quite like jackfruit.
Marang is one of those fruits that are to be consumed within a few days as its shelf life is quite short. If not stored properly, it can spoil within two to three days. You can eat marang fresh or use its flesh in cakes.
How to store marang?
Marang is not the type of fruit that you can store for long as it decays faster. It is best if you consume the fruit in one sitting, but due to its large size, it is usually not possible to eat the whole fruit in one go, so you have to store it.
Following are some places where you can store marang.
In the pantry
If the marang is uncut, it can be stored on the counter for up to a month, but once it ripens, its pods start to oxidize and decay, and you should consume it right away. If the fruit is cut, it lasts for up to three to four days on the counter or in the pantry.
The warmer the temperature, the quicker will the marang fruit spoil. So if you are storing it in the pantry, make sure that the place it is stored is dry and out of the reach of sunlight.
In the refrigerator
If you want to store the fruit for a week or so, you should store it in the refrigerator. Due to the cooler temperature in the fridge, marang can last for a week because it is stored properly.
It is practically impossible to store the whole fruit in the fridge, so you have to cut it before storing it. It would help if you properly wrap the cut pieces to prevent them from oxidizing and place them in a dry place in the fridge.
In the freezer
The best option to store the marang fruit for the longest that is up to a month is storing it in the freezer. As marang lasts longer at a cooler temperature, you can freeze the cut pieces of the fruit in an air-tight plastic bag to use for later.
Can you freeze marang?
The cooler the temperature, the longer marang will last. It is very difficult to place the whole fruit in the freezer due to its large size, so it is better to cut it and freeze it. To prevent the pieces from oxidizing, you should put the cut pieces in a plastic bag and place them in a dry place in the freezer.
Whenever you want to use the frozen marang, take it out of the freezer, let it thaw for some time and use it. Although thawed marang can be soft and watery, and you no longer want to eat it, you can still use it in a smoothie or juice.
How long does marang last?
Marang is one of those fruits that does not last for a long time. You can store Whole fresh fruit on the counter for even a month, but if the fruit is cut, it will not last for more than three to four days at a cool, dry place in the pantry provided that the pieces are wrapped properly.
Marang can stay fresh for a bit long in a refrigerator as it can last longer at a cooler temperature. So marang stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator is good to use for at least a week. Marang will last the longest in the freezer. If the fruit is stored in a freezer in an air-tight bag, you can use it for a month or more. You also have to ensure that the place a marang is stored is dry and properly covered in an air-tight bag to avoid fruit oxidation.
How to tell if marang is bad?
A fresh marang is yellowish-green in colour and has a juicy flesh, while if the fruit starts to rot, it will change its appearance, smell and taste. If you notice a change in the colour of the fruit to brown or if dark spots start to appear on it, it will show that the fruit has started to spoil. If a mould appears on it, you should get rid of the whole fruit.
Moreover, a rotten marang starts to give off a spoiled rotten smell, and you no longer want to eat it. When marang starts to give a fermented taste, it is rotten. There is a white sticky substance around the pods of the fruit. If a marang is decayed, this white sticky substance will become watery and will no longer stick to the fingers. It is also a sign that it is time to throw the fruit away.