Fruit Supermarket in Sg Klau, Raub, Pahang

Pahang has never seemed the most obvious food destination, but my trip to Raub turned out to be an eating trip. We went to Sg Klau (a one-street town) and it was teeming with durians; there were wholesale durian markets by the roadside as it’s now durian season.

Trees heavy with rambutans line the streets; it’s hard to miss the clusters of red and yellow fruits.

There is nothing like eating rambutan straight from the tree

There is nothing like eating rambutan straight from the tree

A local orchard owner took us to his farm. He calls it a “supermarket” because he has all kinds of fruit trees there. It was almost like a hobby orchard for he experiments with different plants – there were passionfruits, the biggest limes, and Japanese mangosteen (firmer flesh).

mangosteen flowers

Beautiful mangosteen flowers

fallen mangosteen

Mangosteens on the ground for the picking

The flesh was firm and sweet

The flesh was firm and sweet

There were durians dangling from the trees

durian tree

The limes in this orchard is the biggest I have seen. The farmer said that he’ll graft the tree for us, so that we can plant a tree in our backyard. But he warned that not all of us will be successful

limes

It was a hot afternoon, and the best way to cool down at a fruit orchard is by hecking down some kelapa pandan for coconut water.

coconut

When we come back next in December, there won’t be durian and rambutan in the orchard. But there’ll be duku langsat, my favourite fruits. And the owner said he’ll make lime juice with his gigantic limes for us.

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