Dabai fever hits Teresang Market as price reaches RM80 per kg

Composite photo showing Nanta tasting dabai at the Teresang Market Kapit. Screenshots taken from Nanta's Facebook video.

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KUCHING, Nov 1: Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) minister Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi is ecstatic that dabai — the “black olive” of Sarawak — season has returned, with plenty available at Teresang Market in Kapit for as much as RM80 per kilogramme.

According to a recent video posted by Nanta on Facebook, as he walked through Teresang Market in the morning, vendors were selling Dabai in every direction the camera turned.

A vendor selling dabai at Teresang Market. Screenshot taken from Nanta’s Facebook video.

“Due to its rich flavour, the dabai fruit from Kapit is widely acknowledged as the best.

“The arrival of the dabai season in Kapit is also eagerly anticipated, and fans of this fruit from cities and outside of Kapit have made reservations to purchase Dabai through relatives and acquaintances,” he said.

He also noted that the dabai season typically occurs at the end and beginning of the year.

“Its price, which can reach up to RM80 per kilogramme, demonstrates the fruit’s popularity as people rush to purchase it,” he added.

Before departing for a programme in Pekan Kapit, Nanta was ecstatic to have sampled two dabai fruit at the market.

A trip to Kapit town would be incomplete without a stop at Teresang Market which is about a 10-minute walk from the express boat terminal.

The tamu section of the market is the place to find fresh jungle produce such as vegetables, fruits, freshwater fish, and wildlife meat, among other things. — DayakDaily