If you’re looking for a good place to learn all about local or tropical fruits here in Singapore, the first of its kind Ubin Fruit Orchard on Pulau Ubin will be a good place to head to.
Although still a young fruit orchard as it officially opened on 3 December 2016, you get to see a good variety of fruit trees.
Sited along Jalan Ubin, which is the main road on the island of Pulau Ubin, the current-day Ubin Fruit Orchard once housed a fruit orchard belonging to an Ubin resident.
Types of Tropical Fruit Trees
Today, this one-hectare fruit tree arboretum has a collection of over 30 species of trees and some 350 fruit trees, including rambutan, lychee, longan, chiku, jambu, soursop and starfruit. Many olden-day kampungs used to plant some of these fruits.
Ubin Fruit Orchard is also a showcase for uncommon cultivars of durian and mango. There are also less commonly known fruit trees such as the breadfruit, which can be made into a nutritious cheese-like paste for baking into cakes, and the binjai, which is used in rojak.
How It All Began
Students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic helped out with the planting works for the arboretum and students from Nanyang Girls’ High prepared the interpretive signs.
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Both common names and scientific names of the fruit trees, a description of the tree and the fruit, as well as fun facts are provided on the signs.
How to Get to Ubin Fruit Orchard
See Ubin Fruit Orchard as part of Nparks’ new Rustic Reflections Tour or explore kampong life at your own leisurely pace. Just take a walk down Jalan Ubin, past Teck Seng’s Place on the left (be sure to check this out) and the Sensory Trail ponds on the right, to get to the orchard on your own.