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Mekarsari to launch new fruit hybrids

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 4 2009   /  04:05 pm

What would durian ("thorny fruit" in Indonesian) be without its thorns, or rambutan ("hairy fruit") be without its curls? New names will be needed for the new varieties of fruit that will be released this year by the Mekarsari tourism park in Jonggol, West Java, the head of the park's special project development division said recently. Reza Tirtawinata said Mekarsari researchers would soon give Jakartans and other visitors a chance to savor new kinds of fruits, such as durian without thorns, skinless jackfruit, round jackfruit, red mangosteens, small-seeded longans, and new varieties of guava and pineapple this year. By July 2009, the fruit center will have released pineapples without the small sharp black seeds that can distract from the pleasure of eating the fruit, while thorn-free durians and hairless rambutans will be introduced in October ...