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Friday June 17, 2011

Easier now to savour Balik Pulau durians

DURIAN lovers can now enjoy a variety of the king of fruits from Balik Pulau, Penang, including the famed Mao Shan Wang (King of Civet Cats), in the heart of the city.

Thanks to a durian promotion to be held at New World Park on Burmah Road from today until the July 31, urbanites do not have to travel to the durian orchards in Balik Pulau.

Organised by the village security and development committee (JKKK) of Jalan Transfer and Argyl Road, and New World Park, the promotion will see fresh durians transported daily from the orchards of Sungai Pinang in Balik Pulau.

The promotion will be held at the New World Park from noon to 8pm daily.

Other varieties available during the promotion include the Ang Sim (red heart), Khun Poh, Ang Heh (Red Prawn) and D24. Mangosteens and rambutans will also be sold alongside the durians.

Seasonal treat: Chang (right) prying open a durian during the press conference to announce the durian promotion at New World Park on Burmah Road in Penang. With him is Loo (left)

New World Park marketing and promotion executive Loo Ai Leen said the management was happy to help in promoting local fruits.

Media members were treated to some 50 durians of various varieties courtesy of Balik Pulau durian farmers Chang Teik Huat, 58, and Chin Ah Bong, 43.

Fruits sold throughout the promotion will be coming from their orchards.

The duo gave tips on how to select durians.

“Good durians can be smelt from a distance instead of having to sniff up close, and are lighter compared to durians yet to fully ripen.

“You also find the thorns less hard when you brush it against the palm of your hand,” said Chang.

Also present was state Local Government, Traffic Management and Environment Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow who described durian as among Penang’s tourist attractions.

He said the orchards in Balik Pulau were able to produce up to 10,000 durians per day during the local durian season which is between early June to late August.

The durians will be sold between RM10 to RM30 per kg during the promotion, depending on the varieties.

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