A Taste of Paradise: Penang’s Tropical Fruit Farm

After visiting Penang’s Butterfly Farm, we made the longer trek up a mountain to a working tropical fruit farm. After some confusion and waiting, we finally caught the bus that would take us up the mountain–a bus that very inconveniently only comes every two hours. Once we finally made it there, we wandered up the farms long driveway, and then awkwardly hovered around an empty ticket desk. Eventually someone showed up and we got our tickets, and then we waited some more until they sold enough tickets to warrant a tour.

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There were five other couples on the tour, all tourists from Saudia Arabia (I think, from what we overheard), and four of the five women were in full hijabs. So that was interesting. I felt very out of place and very exposed (comparatively), and I was so glad I had worn a long skirt that day!

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The tour guide was very friendly and informative, and he tried his best to get the group laughing. We wandered through the farm, and he showed us a bunch of tropical fruit plants, taught us about the planting processes for the various fruits, and even cut some down to let us touch and smell.

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The highlight of the tour was at the end when we were able to order a mixed tropical fruit smoothie and try everything we had been learning about at a delicious fruit buffet. We tried a bunch of things we’d never had before, including dragon fruit and sour sop, and a bunch of tried and true favorites, like mangoes and papayas.

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The tour lasts about an hour, and costs about $11 USD for adults and $9 USD for kids. Bus 501 is the only bus that goes all the way to the farm, and as I said before, it only comes every two hours, so plan accordingly!

What’s the strangest or most exotic fruit you’ve ever tried?

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5 Responses to “A Taste of Paradise: Penang’s Tropical Fruit Farm”

  1. Audrey | That Backpacker December 18, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    What’s the third one from the bottom?! I’ve seen that fruit in Brazil before. And that furry strawberry looks interesting. I’d love to sample them all!

    • Jeff December 23, 2012 at 11:05 am #

      The third from the bottom is a jackfruit. They can grow up to 80 pounds. The furry strawberry is a rambutan which tastes pretty similar to longans and lychees.

      • Andrea December 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

        Thank you Jeff! I didn’t remember what any of those were called…

  2. Megan Smith December 18, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    The only fruit I have tried that is a little unique is the star fruit. What is with the newspaper in the tree?

    • Jeff December 23, 2012 at 11:08 am #

      Many orchards cover each individual fruit with newspaper or a plastic bag to protect them from insects without much need for pesticides. It’s a technique called bagging.

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