Juicy. Tasty. Aromatic. Exotic. Just some of the adjectives used to describe over 370 species of tropical fruits in Malaysia, from mangoes, papayas, bananas, pineapples, guavas, star fruits, rambutans, jackfruits, melons, mangosteens, dragon fruits, pomelos to durians and more. The warm tropical weather coupled with the vast arrays of fruit farms and orchards enables these fruits to be easily made available at fruit stalls, wet markets, shopping malls and hypermarkets.
Durian, distinctive for its large size, unique odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk, is widely known and revered as the king of fruits in Southeast Asia. A favourite among tourists especially those from China and Hong Kong, durians come in exotically named varieties, ranging from Red Prawn, Green Skin Ang Bak, D604, Red Litter and Golden Pillow. This fruit is so popular here that many fruit stalls even offer “Eat-all-you-can” durians for about RM9-RM10 per session while some tour operators even organise Fruit Farm Tours. Fruit Farm Tour is one of the most exciting activities to get an insight of Malaysian fruits. In fact, Malaysia offers more than just tropical fruit farms but also strawberry farms in Cameron Highlands and apple farms in Ba’kelalan, Sarawak. At the fruit farms, you can even get to harvest or pluck the fruits off the trees! The thrill of it all is a juicy bite of the fruit plucked with your own hand! It has been a Malaysian lifestyle to serve fruits as desserts after meal or cook as added ingredients to the dish. So go take a bite and you will be asking for more.
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