Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Dragon Fruit, Kluang, Johor

Years ago, when Dragon Fruits (pitaya, hou long guo) were unheard of, Kluang was known as an industrial town.
Imagine my surprise; in recent years, in PJ pasar malams; whenever I asked for Dragon Fruits, the vendors would recommend Kluang's DF rather than the Vietnam/ Thai DF....
I don't really know when Dragon fruits were brought to my hometown as the next 'in' plantation (maybe 8 years ago?), but next thing I know, there were hectares and hectares of Dragon fruit trees and farms in Kluang.
Decided to pop over to Zenxin Organic Park when I was back at Kluang recently as I wanted to get some sweet Dragon fruits for my parents. Zenxin is one of the more tourist friendly farm that allows us to walk/ cycle on the farm while enjoying the vast plantation and to see dragon fruit trees..Well, not sure if 'tree' is the right word as Dragon fruit is more of a cactus fruit..so the 'tree' is a cactus i guess..
Kluang's Dragon Fruit is the red flesh version, rather than the conventional white flesh. I prefer the red ones; other than leaving my tongue tinged with a garish purple red colour, the red ones are typically sweeter than their white counterparts..
Usually, we'll just cut the fruits in halves, get a spoon and dig in. When the fruits are real ripe, it's extremely juicy and sweet. The tiny black sesame looking seeds adds some crunch to the else rather soft fruit. But if you have a unripe fruit, it's sour and bland..
Zenxin's restaurant sells many types of dragon fruit refreshments such as DF smoothies, DF lassie, DF enzyme drink etc.
We decided to have some DF popsicles which was tasteless; The DF pudding was yummy though; the cubed DF's in it was extremely sweet and the pudding was smooth..
Dragon fruits are said to be rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants.
So, had any Dragon fruits recently? Or are you one of those who dislike DF?? ;p
If you are in (or planning to visit) Johor, you can pop by these farms in Kluang. If driving from KL, take the NS Highway, driving towards Johor (Bahru). Exit at Ayer Hitam, turn right upon exit. Drive for about 10 minutes, plenty of DF farms for you to visit on the left side of the road. Oh, and if you already in Kluang, might as well check out the original Kluang Station (coffeeshop) in town and buy some coffee too. hahaha

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Anonymous Lyrical Lemongrass said...

I love DF. The pudding has a very intense colour. Do you think it's natural? It's really amazing, isn't it?

15 January, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

lyrical lemongrass: yup, definitely natural as the DF they used was very red..hehe..

16 January, 2008  
Blogger Big Boys Oven said...

Aren't DF lovely? Amazing colour!

16 January, 2008  
Blogger Nic (KHKL) said...

i could only associate kluang with kluang station (the cafe)..haha! now i know it's famous for DF. this fruit is a champion for sure. after a heavy food crawling day, a df will help to ease digestion and help to regulate the 'purging' system :)

16 January, 2008  
Blogger "Joe" who is constantly craving said...

i definitely wont buy any dragonfruits from china..scared they inject some purple colouring hahaha..

16 January, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

bigboysoven: yes, and i love the red flesh DFs

nic: that's the norm..most people heard of kluang because of kluang station :). DF helps in purging? hmmm dont seem to work on me though..haha

joe: anything china eh?

16 January, 2008  
Blogger Hazza said...

I have never tried this fruit before. They are too expensive to try in the UK and when in KL, I never bother because there are loads of other fruits I know I like to eat. I must say it has a sinister appearance and can be off putting. I have never seen this fruit before, until about 10 years ago. I wonder if it is a genetically manufactured plant.

17 January, 2008  
Blogger tut said...

do you know that you have to actually take out the seeds out first before eating it?


18 January, 2008  
Blogger Jason said...

I prefer the white colour ones. How come can't find that anymore?

18 January, 2008  
Blogger Christy said...

I Love Dragon fruit too!!
Never tried the drink nor the pudding before!!
Looks lovely...*mental note* to try:D

18 January, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

hazza: haha, yes, sinister..as it's skin looks like dragon skin..hence dragon fruits.. dont think it's genetically manufactured..it's a fruit from some cacti family..

tut: that's BS!! :p

jason: got la..white is more common that whites..bt white ones are less sweet wor..

christy: think we can whipped up the drinks and pudding ourselves :)

18 January, 2008  
Anonymous mama bok said...

It's lovely in color.. but i never like the taste though.. ;)

20 January, 2008  
Blogger sc said...

mamabok: haha..you're not the first telling me that. either you hate it or love it :)

20 January, 2008  

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