Wednesday, May 6, 2009

fruit trees at d'kranji farm resort

you may have read about padi being grown on this farm in lim chu kang in this posting by seenthisscenethat. i have also mentioned it in one of my posts. we do not have to step out of our little red dot to find out how rice and many other food crops and fruits are cultivated. we can learn about it at this farm in kranji where there is no admission charge.

if i had young children, i would definitely take them to visit this farm. there is so much to see and learn and it is all for free. apart from plots set aside for padi, there are also plots for sweet corn. lining the perimeters of the padi and corn plots are fruit trees and different types of plants.

apart from the more common fruit trees like the banana, jackfruit, mango, chiku, rambutan and durian, there are the not so common ones like the purple custard apple, kedongdong, pulasan, watermelon and soursop.

there are some fruit trees that most children may not have come across like the kedongdong, the custard apple and the pulasan, a cousin of the rambutan. some people prefer eating the pulasan to the rambutan because the flesh does not stick to the seed, and the seed is edible.

a new attraction at this farm resort resort is prawn fishing. the promotional charge for one hour of prawn fishing is $13.00.


nah said...

One of the most remarkable tropical fruit is the custard apple, also known as sugar apple.
This heart shaped fruit has a peculiar appearance - the entire surface being divided into small scales that break away when the fruit is ripe. The pulp looks like a soursop’s but sweet without the sour taste, and is creamy, unlike the fibrous soursop.
Among the different varieties of custard apples sold in the markets, the Australian specimens are super special because they are larger, with less seeds, and are extremely creamy and sweet. Some custard apples have a lot of seeds which require a lot of mouth scraping to do, to get the meat surrounding the seeds.

stanley said...

Where exactly in Lim Chu Kang is this farm? I am very keen to go. Is publc transport available?

yg said...

stanley, you can find out more at this website if you do go, go in the early part of the morning or the later part of the evening, when it is not so warm.

yg said...

nah, i am going to melbourne in june. see if i can find custard apples this time of the year.

nah said...

Australian custard apples are in season from March to September, with June being the peak. The last time I was in Melbourne, there were unmanned stalls with custard apples for sale, and these stalls were outside the homes of the farmers, in the suburbs. A little placard showing the price one had to pay for the required number of pieces, was all there was, at the stall. So the honest Australians would just pick up the custard apples and pay by putting the money in a box at the stall.
Btw, the custard apples which you brought back from Vietnam tasted much better than our local custard apples, even though there were many seeds in each fruit.