Welcome to the 196th week of Travel Photo Thursday. You know this weekly blog link up is more reliable than my Internet connection! I have been, once again, with spotty service today. Fingers crossed that I am not going to kicked off before I get this post finished and published.
I don’t remember Penang’s Tropical Fruit Farm from my previous visits. However, I’m pleased to say that it is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. The guides are knowledgeable, and after learning about the fruit (and a few nuts), visitors sit and feast on unlimited fresh fruit! I was in Penang during fruit season, so it was cheap and plentiful. Here’s the farm…
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The Tropical Fruit Farm is located in the vicinity of Batu Ferringhi. If you have a car, easy to get there. If you’re relying on public transportation, it’s a little trickier, but doable. I’ll give you all the details at the end.
The first fruit we were introduced to was the Bengal currant. I took photos of most of the signs, because I knew that I would not remember all of this stuff! The currants intrigued me, because they had been in a dish that I had eaten a few days earlier. At that time, I had no idea what they were, but I liked the combination of tart and sweet.
This fruit was totally new to me. I’d love to try it sometime. As you can see from the second photo, they were on the trees. However, not ready for harvest. Too bad! Considered a lower class food in India!
Another favorite of mine. I had no idea that they grow on vines. There is also a variety that is deep pink in color, and that was the one that was available on the fruit buffet the day I was there. I think I actually prefer the pink to the white, if I have a choice.
Then we have the passion fruit. Notice that these ones are bagged, to protect them from being ravaged by bugs. I like passion fruit in a smoothie. Smoothies were available, so mine was passion fruit. 🙂
I so wanted to try Mamey Sapote, but sadly not in season. Can you imagine a fruit tasting like a combination of pumpkin, chocolate, and almond?! I’ll be on the lookout this winter.
Lovely sweet taste but not over powering.
I have ruined many a thumb nail eating rambutan. The outer skin can be tough! The ones on the buffet were already peeled! 🙂 I love the flowers on the plant, so pretty.
I didn’t photograph the sign for the figs. If you ever have the chance to try fresh figs, they are amazing. My friends in Taiwan have a fig tree in their garden, and I have picked and eaten many a fig from that tree. The figs at the fruit farm were not ripe, so I had to use my imagination 🙂
At the end of the tour, the all you can eat fruit buffet awaits…
Watermelon has a new look!
The tour finishes and ends here. You can even buy fruit to take home.
The farm is opened year round, but best time to go is during the fruit season (I was told December to end of February). Getting to the farm can be a bit tricky if you are relying on public transportation. The best thing to do is to call the farm and arrange for the free shuttle to pick you up from the Craft Batik store. The 101 bus will drop you off almost in front of the door. Do call the day before, and you might want to confirm on the day.
Price of the tour and fruit buffet is 35 Malaysian ringgit (appox. $11.00US). You really can’t beat the price.[button link=”http://tropicalfruitfarm.com.my/index.aspx” type=”big” color=”green” newwindow=”yes”] Tropical Fruit Farm[/button]
Have you ever been to a tropical fruit farm? What’s your favorite tropical fruit?
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