Jengkol beans see high demand in domestic market

Women are preparing jengkol beans to sell in the market.  Photo: Supplied
Women are preparing jengkol beans to sell in the market.  Photo: Supplied

Jengkol beans, also known as Danyinthee in the Myanmar language, are selling well in the domestic market, according to wholesalers in Paung Township, Mon State.
Jengkol beans are locally-produced seasonal food that are popular among the Myanmar people, who use the fruits primarily in cooking. The baked or boiled or raw Jengkol beans are served with salty fish sauce and boiled rice.
The production of Jengkol beans decreased this season in Paung Township due to bad weather. However, growers reaped a handsome profit, as the demand for Jengkol beans is high in both the urban and rural markets, said Daw Kin Thi, a retailer in Paung Township.
Depending on their size and freshness, the raw Jengkol beans are sold for Ks15-Ks30 per fruit in the local market, whereas the salted Jengkol bean is sold at Ks40-Ks100 per fruit.
Usually, Jengkol beans can be harvested in early April. The powerful winds that hit the town this pollinating season triggered a decline in Jengkol bean production, said Ko Tun Zaw, a grower from the same township.
Jengkol beans produced in Paung Township are mostly
sent to the Yangon, Mandalay, Bago and Taninthayi regions, wholesalers said.—Ko Hein (Paung)

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