ABOVE: Ficus auriculatagrowing at the Sepilok Rainforest Discovery Centre at Sepilok in Sabah (Photo by Astrid Cruaud and Jean-Yves Rasplus) .
Two species of figs introduced to Borneo from Asia, Ficus auriculataand Ficus obpyramidata are often eaten on the Asian continent but have never become popular in Borneo. In both cases only the ripe female figs are eaten.
Despite the abundance of wildlife that feeds on wild figs in Borneo, Bornean figs are rarely eaten by humans. We list below the most common wild figs eaten by locals in Borneo.
Ficus callosa. In the Philippines and elsewhere in Asia the unripe figs of Ficus callosa have a reputation of being edible when cooked but I have never heard of these figs being eaten in Borneo.
Unfortunately the delicious Edible FigFicus caricais very difficult to grow in Borneo’s ever wet climate.