Grape & Tomato Farms are among the less well-known farms in Cameron Highlands. The farms are both owned by KC Kwang & Sons that’s really worth the visit because the fruits are compost grown, meaning they are organic and can be eaten without washing.
The grapes are indeed a pedigree breed, the Kyoho, that originated from Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan. The Kyoho grapes are a cross-breed between American and European grape varieties . “Kyoho” (巨峰) meaning “giant mountain” is also metaphorical for the grape size because Kyoho grapes are one of the largest in size they are also dubbed “The King of Grapes”. The grapes are only grown in certain parts of the world like Japan, Taiwan, Korea, USA and Chile. Now I’ve found one more place that it is cultivated in – Cameron Highlands!
We bought a box of grapes to try and ended up buying 3 more boxes. The owner told us that no washing is required and the white powder on the grapes is nothing harmful but is enzymes instead. Since she’s the owner – so I trust her! At her guarantee, we tried the grapes without washing and the grapes are such delectable treats! Mildly acidic yet at the same time bursting into sweetness as if the grapes have seeped in some honey during their growth. (Having tried the grapes without washing, some grapes had some dust and soil on them so probably better to give them a rinse). The skin peels of easily and the taste is the best after being kept in the fridge – like eating little grape popsicles.
The grapes are typically harvested twice a year – in January and August. The owner told us that with the weather in Cameron Highlands, it is possible to manipulate so you get the grapes all year round. How awesome is that? Perhaps that’s why we see the grapes in different stages – some are still green, some are light purple and some have matured into blackish purple.
To be able to eat Kyoho grapes locally grown in Cameron Highlands is a luxury because the grapes need an initial 3 years period for the first harvest – quite a long time to wait for some good stuff! Furthermore, eating locally grown fruits minimizes the carbon footprint so that’s environmental friendly too! The stretch of grape farm is netted with a small portion of it open to visitors.
On a smaller scale, there’s also a cucumber patch next to the tomatoes.
The green cucumbers are sort of camouflaged with the big leaves you might just walk pass them without realizing they are cucumbers!
All the fruits and vegetables are for sale in the warehouse nearby.
The warehouse also consists of an automated selection system for tomatoes where the machines sort the tomatoes according to their size.
Looks like the tomatoes are the star seller here! Lots and lots of tomatoes packed and ready to go!
The farms are located in Kampung Raja. If you are coming from Simpang Pulai, before going straight into Kampung Raja, turn left and follow the “Blue Valley” sign. If you are coming from Tapah, go through Kampung Raja, turn right at the Y junction (going straignt will take you to Simpang Pulai) and follow the “Blue Valley” sign. You will see the “Grapes & Tomatoes Farm” sign board after a few minutes drive.
Keep going straight, pass this construction site, and have fun at the farms!
More Info on Kwang & Sons’ Grapes & Tomato Farms.
Address: No. 33 Main Road, Kg Raja, 39010 Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia.
Tel: +605 498 1190
Opening Hours: Daily 8am – 6pm