Pineapple Museum - How Does it Grow?
The "country pumpkin" in me took a big step forward after realising how pineapples are being grown. Previously, I thought that they grow within the soil, like how potatoes would grow.
But I was so wrong. It actually grows above ground and there are just so many different types of pineapples.
Pineapple Museum - Scraping For Threads
As a city slicker, many things about nature amazes me. Though I know that working in the agricultural industry is many a times back breaking, I have truly gained new found respect for them seeing the level of ingunuity that they possess.
Anyway, our guide told us that the threads are sent to Phillippines before they are turned into nice and comfortable shirts.
Pineapple Museum - There's More To Pineapple?
It was already amazing that pineapples could be used in so many ways. One of my favourite tea time snack would be pineapple tarts. Chinese would usually have them during Chinese New Year.
Going to the museum, I'd learnt that there was another use that we could have never imagined of, that the fibre from the leaves of the pineapples can be made into threads. That in turn, can then be used to make shirts, similar to what the Filipinos would wear. Interesting right?
Pineapple Museum - Photo Opportunity
This is a very important vehicle for the pineapple farmers. It has been designed specifically to ensure the ease of loading and unloading the pineapples.
Also, the vehicle only has a plastic seat, modified from a plastic chair, and thus, can only take one seating passenger.
A Museum for Pineapples
This just shows how important pineapples are to Malaysia after setting up a museum to immortalise their super hero - Mr Pineapple. Better still, the whole town has been name after it. Built in 2002, this museum shows every important aspect of pineapple growing and its uses.
This is not a must-go but if you have time, do stop by this interesting museum. Adults will be required to pay RM2.
Opening Hours: 8am - 4pm.
Muzium Nanas (3)
This section of the museum shows how the pineapple fruit is processed, from the field into the factory, where it is canned...
On display are canning machinery and products that are made from the pineapple plant... From the popular pineapple juice in can or tetra pack, there is pineapple jam, pineapple cubes in syrup etc... Shirts made from pineapple fibres are also on display at the reception area...
Muzium Nanas (1)
The Pineapple Museum (aka Muzium Nanas in the Malay lingo) tells the story of the pineapple cultivation and industry in Malaysia (particularly Pontian district) from beginning to end - from the early beginnings of pineapple as one of Malaysia's agricultural products, the roles that the government and private sectors played in the sector, through to the progress that has led to its present status.
There are sections of the muzium that focuses
- on the cultivation methods of the pineapple
- how the pineapple fruit is processed, from the field into the factory, where it is canned.
- on the different varieties of pineapples planted in Malaysia.
The Museum houses one of the most extensive collection of artifacts, exhibits, publications and information pertaining to the pineapple industry in Malaysia.
The museum has a small plot at the back of the building where various species of pineapple are grown for visitors to see some of the 18 varities of pineapples that are grown in the country. These includes pineapple plants for commercial purposes and ornamnetal plants for decroration and display purposes. Photos of some of the pineapple species are shown in the attached photographs...
The musuem is opened daily from 8.30am to 5.00pm... The entrance fee is RM2.00 per person...
Muzium Nanas (2)
This section shows the cultivation methods of the pineapple with photographs emphasizing on the cloning of the pineapple plant... There are cross-breed of the famous Sarawak species with the Johor species... And other species as well... Information on planting techniques, pest and disease control, commercial planting, and maintenance guidelines are also on displayed...
A small tractor that is used for harvesting pineapple is prominently displayed on the right of the main entrance to the musuem... So is a harvesting basket and a pesticide sprayer mounted on the walls of the musuem... A bicycle with a typical worker is also on display amongst the pictorial display showing the various varieties and species of the pineapple plant...