Bao Sheng Durian Farm @ Balik Pulau, Penang
Woohoo! It is the time of the year again - Durian season!! *Screams in excitement!*
Durian harvest is going on and today I am going to introduce a serene place to enjoy your durian(s), and to learn about durian!
When durian is mentioned in Penang, Balik Pulau is one of the best places to savour delicious durians, and Bao Sheng Durian Farm in Balik Pulau is one of the popular places for durian lovers. We had the opportunity to spend not one, but two fruitful days (on 2 separate days) at Bao Sheng Durian Farm, enjoying different types of scrumptious durians while admiring the beauty of its orchard and serene views, and also learned about durians from the owner, who is popularly called 'Durian Seng'.
Thank you Bao Sheng Durian Farm for hosting us and the warm hospitality!
Although Bao Sheng is known as a durian farm, it has other fresh local fruits as well.
The 'durian experience' at Bao Sheng is different from others. Besides getting to enjoy the delicious durians, you also learn about durians from the friendly owner, nicknamed as 'Durian Seng' (I call him uncle Seng). We got to know so much about our favourite fruit through the sharing from Uncle Seng. I could tell his passion about durian through the gleam in his eyes when he shared about his story and knowledge of durian. You can easily spend a relaxing day here eating all the durian you want and get educated on how to choose and differentiate the type of durians just by smelling the durian without even opening it. If a day is not enough, Bao Sheng also offers accommodation package where you can stay beneath the trees and hang out within the orchard (all rooms come with a pool beside it) together with various activities that they offer. Best of all is the chance to taste the specially rare 'numbing' flavour of durian.
Did you know?
- Durian shell is alkaline. You can either drink water with it to reduce body heat or cook soup with the white part of the shell. It has high contents of potassium which is good for our body.
- Wash you hands with durian seeds to prevent smelly fingers/hands.
- There is a saying if you consume too much durian you tend to get body heat. But if you consume durian which is freshly dropped, you won't get this problem as it contains fructose at that stage. Durian will only turn to glucose (aka sugar, element that creates heat) when the durian is left overnight.
- Durians have 5 tastes and they are:
So what is this numbing flavour all about?
It is Bao Sheng's pride to have discovered the unique numbing taste of durian. This taste is only present within 1-2 hours upon the drop of durian. Hence, it is highly recommended to spend at least a full day here if not staying over to get to experience this unique taste. We were lucky to catch this numbing flavour while we were there. The feeling of this numbing taste is indescribable. We could feel the fizzy and tingling sensation in our mouth, with a hint of sweet bitter taste. The experience was amazing, unique and no where to find.
As I mentioned earlier, we visited Bao Sheng twice and it was during durian's peak season when we went for the second time, needless to say with even more durians this round! It is highly recommended to call in before you go in order to avoid disappointment as there may not be enough harvest for the day. When I was there during my first visit, I saw a few customers left with disappointment as there were not enough durians to serve them. However, there was nothing Bao Sheng could do as the harvest could be pretty unpredictable. Therefore, I strongly recommend you to give them a call beforehand.
Bao Sheng's durian harvest timetable is listed on their website (up till end of August!) so do check out their website (stated below) for more information!
Other than eating till we dropped, we got to visit their huge durian orchard too. What a great exercise after our durian feast!
Bao Sheng Durian Farm was established since year 1959 by Uncle Seng's father. In 1994, Uncle Seng started pesticide-free organic farming and determined to cultivate organic, healthy and high quality durians for durian-enthusiasts. It is Uncle Seng's determination and hard work which make his orchard shines among other durian orchards in Penang. By far, this is the only place I discovered in Penang to enjoy durian in a comfortable space with a beautiful view on the hill.
Bao Sheng Durian Farm 寶盛榴蓮園
150 MK2 Sungai Pinang, Balik Pulau 11000, Penang, Malaysia.
For reservation: +60 12 411 0600
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Till next time~
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