Wednesday, August 30, 2006
posted by PabloPabla at 4:40 pm

According to the Chinese almanac, I am born in the year of the Tiger. So, I am supposed to have tiger-like qualities. Hah! Not that I believe into it though I must say my appetite is quite tiger-like. Give me meat anytime!

Anyway, yesterday took me to Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan for a continued trial involving a road accident case. It was a FRUITFUL trip in many ways because the matter was finally settled out of court after much bargaining with the claimant's solicitor.

Kuala Pilah is approximately 110 kilometres southwards from Kuala Lumpur and takes about 75 to 90 minutes travelling by car. Take the South bound lane of the PLUS Highway (North-South Highway) from Sg. Besi and exit at the Seremban / Senawang Toll plaza. From the Senawang Toll plaza, drive straight wherein you will pass 10 traffic lights. You will then reach a T-junction. Turn right and you are on your way to Kuala Pilah.

The drive is quite scenic from then onwards as it goes up a hill. I found it great driving a Perodua Kelisa weaving through the tight terrains of the hill. The Kelisa can really drive!

Anyway, after you pass a small village called Ulu Bendol, you will find some Dragons along the way. No kidding! I am talking about the Dragon Fruit aka Pitaya and a host of other scientific name.
Dragon Fruit

You won't just see the fruits being sold along the road but you get to see the plantation as well.

Dragon Fruit Stall

Dragon Fruit Plantation

Fruiting plant

Dragon Fruit zealously protected with netting from hidden tiger

Dragon Fruit harvested already

Flowering...blooms at night only.

Yesterday was my third trip and I never ceased to stop to buy the juicy Dragon Fruit home. The Dragon Fruit sold here is the red skinned red flesh type. It is akin to a kiwi fruit where the seeds are really small and black in colour.

Healthy drink

They are sold at RM10.00 per kg and are freshly harvested from the plantation. Apart from the Dragon Fruit itself, you can also get for yourself Dragon Fruit Juice in cans as well as Dragon Fruit Enzyme Juice (I was told it has marvellous healing qualities). The Dragon Fruit Juice in cans come in the white flesh variety as well as the red flesh variety. Needless to say, the former is clear in colour whilst the latter is red. I bought a can of the latter for RM1.60 and it's not bad at all. Good refreshing drink for the drive ahead.

Try your luck with the cutting?

You can also buy the Dragon Fruit cutting to plant them at home if you fancy some homegrown Dragon Fruit. Cuttings are sold at RM8.00 and RM10.00. The former takes approximately 8 months to bear fruit whilst the latter takes approximately 6 months. All you need is to shove it into the ground, water it everyday and fertilise it once a month. Is it that simple? Well, that is what I was told!

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The Dragon Fruit especially the red fleshed variety is highly nutritious and packed with Vitamin C. It is also touted to be full of anti-oxidants. Best eaten chilled! Otherwise, you can also use them to make Dragon Fruit Jelly - beautiful and delicious!

Litigation travels can be a real fruitful learning experience!



At 6:01 pm, Blogger Wuching

r the dragon fruit plants actually some kind of cactus plant? looks like it tho..


At 7:50 pm, Blogger PabloPabla

It is a cactus plant! It belongs to the genus Hylocereus according to Wikipedia.


At 9:17 pm, Blogger Anak Merdeka

Yes, the dragonfruit plant is really that easy to propagate - just shove it into the ground as the man said and cross your fingers!

Btw, have you ever tried dragonfruit wine? It is really delicious served chilled.


At 10:37 am, Blogger PabloPabla

anak : Haven't tried the wine though... This stall does not sell it most probably because it is run by Malays :) But I have read in the papers some one has successfully made dragonfruit wine.