I must be the few people who is allergic to this fruit. People ask is it the sap, I explain it is just the smell, champedek and this same family fruits like the champedak and tarap. The smell is very strong and makes me dizzy.
When I was young, when Dad bought champedek or jackfruit, he buys a small bunch of rambutan and I sit alone outside on the stairs to eat. Later, the younger siblings didn't understand my special pampered treatment. They come and ask me for my rambutan.
I suspect the champedek has some substance like turpentine. I lived in the govt quarters. every few years, they paint the house. I was so sick.
- Ann Chin I can't eat all family of that fruit. What happens when you take champedek? Glad to know there is someone else who can't stand smelling fruit. There is a fruit tarap of the same family which I can't take.
- Ann Chin , I am glad we found each other. You can tell all your friends. When I was young, some of my aunties wonder why my parents pamper me this way.My parents were fantastic. When I was in Primary 5, I had to take in all the laundry and fold them. 6 kids and then twins. I used to get dizzy. At first my mother thought I folded the laundry while they were hot from the sun, I waited this till they were cool, and still I felt dizzy.After that, Mom swapped my chores. Since then, I fed the ducks and chicken. Then my aunties asked why I was given such a muddy smelly job.50 years on, I think may be it was the detergent from the laundry I was allergic to.I am also allergic to peanuts. There is another story to it.