Cameron Highlands Tea Plantation, Malaysia

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A visit to Strawberry Farm

We made a quick stop at the Big Red Strawberry Farm which was located just next to the Cactus Valley. It appears that the farm isn't really big as the name implies. I had thought that it would be some huge strawberry field but this place was a small nursery where strawberry plants were grown hydrophonically, ( in nutrient solutions and not in soil).

Hydroponics method is being practised for cultivating some crops aside from strawberries which include tomatoes, capsicums and other herbal plants since they adapt well to the cool tropical highlands weather. Strawberry farms are practically everywhere in the highlands as the weather here is suitable for its cultivation. These farms are opened for visitors making them one of the popular tourist attractions in CH.

It is believed that over 40,000 pots are grown here in this farm. Some strawberry farms offered self-plucking berries and you need to pay accordingly to the amount you've plucked. We didn't go to one of those farms though.

unripe berries dangling from the stems. Although these berries seem to be slightly smaller than the ones in Europe, they are just as exquisitely sweet and juicy.

Rows of lettuce (Red coral, Green coral, Butterhead, Romaine) being grown hydroponically on this farm as well.



Aside from the hydroponic farm, there were abundance of potted plants and cactus available for sale at the nursery.

We bought some strawberries home and this is exclusively the right dessert to end this post on a sweet note. Bright ruby red, juicy, berrylicious and packed with flavour, I savoured every berry, especially as it has been months since my last eaten berry. They serve more than just satisfying the sweet tooth. :)


First Commenter - Buzzing J

35 comments:

  1. Choop? Chook? Chup?? Chuk???

    Aiyah !!! CHOP!!!

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  2. Ooooh Strawberries are delicious! I especially love those from Cameron Highlands. But it i best to be eaten there, cause with the cold weather there, it is more likely to be sweeter then brought back to KL after. So I was told... I don't know haha.

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  3. I love strawberries LR, but they gotta be sweet not sour! :)

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  4. Aiseh, if only this post come up after I reach home then surely I can chop! LOL

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  5. Wow! hydroponics farming. Missed this one too. :)

    We went to a strawberry farm too, but the one that allow self picking. Ate some in CH and the balance we took back to KL. I must admit, taste so different when eating them high up in CH and eating them in hazy KL!

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  6. wow. the farm looks so good. Hydroponics farming, sounds interesting.hmmm...

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  7. Interesting farm you featured here. I haven't tried picking strawberries but thought of doing it some time. I love to eat it with whipped cream, hmmm!

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  8. Hi Buzzing J,
    a toast to you for being my FC for this post. :D

    yup, most kids love strawberries. they r yummylicious, aren't they? :)

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  9. ladyviral,
    I could eat them each and every day! There's no doubt that strawberries are delicious eaten freshly picked.:)

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  10. precisely Mariuca,
    i dislike when they r sour too. i prefer to buy the larger ones which are much sweeter and juicier than the smaller ones.

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  11. lina,
    wow, so many ppl r interested to be a pro chopper nowadays. Haha!

    it's definitely a huge difference indeed. they should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge but are best eaten as soon as they have been picked.

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  12. Rej,
    Hydroponics is the future of farming. :)

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  13. I wonder if hydrophonic plants are inferior to plants on the ground?

    I don't really fancy strawberries, but have you heard of people who eat strawberries with white sugar?

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  14. Mei Teng,
    i agree, they are truly eye catching.

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  15. Marlene,
    that's a great combination of the two, whipped cream is great anytime. :)

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  16. foong,
    i think more harvests can be done with this method and a large amount of strawberries are gathered.

    white sugar with strawberries are definitely a big NO to me.

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  17. nice..pic u have there
    are u from malaysia
    because..u are using nuffnang ads

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  18. Wow, I love the plants most esp the lettuces and are those small cacti?

    That's a very nice trip to the nursery. =)

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  19. The other day I made strawberry smoothie for dinner. =)

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  20. That is completely and utterly amazing and beautiful. What a place.

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  21. yum...yum...yummylicious! I love strawberries ;)

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  22. hi Nic,
    yes, i'm a Malaysian. thanks for visiting:)

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  23. yup, those are small colourful cacti Ayie. these plants are attractive, delightful, and refreshing, aren't they?

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  24. thanks for visiting Sandy. Happy Thursday.

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  25. Monica,
    i agree everything u said. they are simply irresistible.:)

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  26. This looks like the one I bough in pasar malam earlier on. Haha :D

    Yeah. It must have tasted different if I could eat those yummy, strawberries up there right?

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  27. foong,
    our complimentary strawberry at EQ Hotel came with 3 dips, whipped cream, chocolate syrup & white sugar. So, someone definitely eat them with sugar.

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  28. yep, guess anything we put in the mouth is better fresh... :P mind you I don't mean braces (that is excluded haha).

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  29. the colorful cactus looks like strawberries itself! :D

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  30. Lovely plants. I think it's still ok if these are cultivated the hydroponic way, because hydroponic ponds plus the greenhouse means the environment can be controlled to a great extent, which means better quality veggies. XD

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  31. Land must be really scarce to grow these strawberries hydroponically. I live near Watsonville in California and the acres upon acres of strawberries would amaze you. There are thousands of acres of these beauties. Needless to say we eat them all the time!

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  32. life ramblings & lina, I also don't like eating strawberries with white sugar. Maybe dipped in choc fondue is OK, even then I still prefer just to eat them plain : )

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