21 March 2017
Fancy cheap, farm-fresh pomelos?
Budget-conscious shoppers can shop for pomelos at lower prices at Go Chin Pomelo Nature Park in Tambun. Pix from Google earth
IPOH: Budget-conscious shoppers can shop for pomelos at lower prices at Go Chin Pomelo Nature Park in Tambun.
It is the only orchard chosen by the state government to showcase pomelo farming to tourists from Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Owner Chin Too Kam, also known as Tambun Chin, 71, has been in the pomelo business for 40 years.
“I used to sell my pomelos to middlemen for RM8.
“They then sell the fruits at their stalls or shops for double the price,” he said.
“I don’t make profit like those days. I sell my fruits at my orchard.
“Those who want cheaper fruits can buy them here.”
Chin said the haze had a big impact on pomelo orchards in Tambun.
“The trees did not flower because of the smoke.
“So, they produced fewer fruits for Chinese New Year.
“The flowers are used to make pomelo -scented aromatic room spray,” he added.
“It helps those with insomnia.”
He said the blossoms were popular with tourists who tended to purchase large amounts.
There are 90 pomelo trees in Chin’s orchard and, in a good season, a single tree can produce around 200 fruits.
“This time around, we only produced 80 pomelos per tree.”
Chin said the Goods and Services Tax on fertilisers was an added burden for pomelo farmers.
How To Choose A Good Fruit
If you are new to this fruit, it is best taken when it is fully ripe and have plenty of juice.
- The fruit that is riped should be heavy which indicate that there is plenty of juice in the pulp.
- When riped, the pulps would have opened which means that the centre bottom of the fruit should be hollow. Press the centre bottom of the fruit to determine that the fruit is ripe.
- Tap the skin gently and listen to the sound. If the sound is not deep, it means that the rind is thin. A thinner rind is a better choice as it means that it comes from a matured tree.
Notice the hollow centre of the fruit which indicates that the fruit is ripe
7 Unknown Benefits of Pomelos
The pomelo is an unusual member of the citrus fruit that has a surprising number of health benefits for those people willing to do a bit of searching for it. These impressive health benefits of pomelos include its ability to boost the immune system, improve digestion, lower blood pressure, reduce cramping, prevent anemia, boost bone strength, reduce signs of premature aging, prevent cancer, protect heart health, aid in weight loss, and boost oral and dental health.