STOMPer mountain biker was astounded by the array of tropical fruits he saw along the mountain biking trail at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
This STOMPer says:
"These pictures were taken at the mountain biking trail at the Bt Timah Nature Reserve.
"While cycling along this jungle trail I stopped several times to look at the fruit trees along the way and snapped these pictures.
"This half-eaten cempedak (Artocarpus champedan) was found on the forest floor. This fruit is native to Malaysia and Thailand.
"The tree grows up to 20m and the fruits are seasonal and barrel-shaped. It is smaller than the jackfruit and when cut, the fruit secretes a sticky latex.
"The outer rind consists of fleshy spines and in each fruit are about 30 seeds which are surrounded with yellow edible flesh.
"The langsat is a small fruit which is green, slowly ripening to a light brown colour. Inside the langsat are 5 segments of juicy white flesh, the flavour being a combination of citrus and sweet. The bark of the tree is used to treat dysentery and scorpion stings.
"The coconut tree grows to a height of 30 m and when ripe the fruit drops to the ground. The unripe fruit is full of sweet water which makes a refreshing drink.
"The rambutans (Nephelium lappaceum) are green slowly turning red when ripe. Rambutans are rich in vitamin C.
"The durian is a popular fruit in Singapore. The animals in the jungle have a constant supply of fruits throughout the year."
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