Musang King corn now available in Cameron Highlands

Last update: 25/01/2019

By Nik Nurfaqih Nik Wil

TANAH RATA, Jan 25 (Bernama) -- Cameron Highlands, a fertile land with a variety of quality vegetables and fruits now has a new breed of corn, believed to be the first in the world.

Dubbed as 'Musang King' the very same title given to the top-tier of Durians – the King of the Fruits, this new breed of corn is the work of local farmer, Billy Cheah and his wife June Ooi.

Billy, owner of Go Green Organic, said the corn is a 'cross-breed' between multiple types of premium corn, local and imported.

"We do our very own research and development locally for years, before it was finally harvested for the first time in January last year," he told Bernama.

Billy said this cross-breed corn which is purely organic, is different from other cross-breed corn such as the popular 'Susu' which is a genetically modified corn.     

"The corn breeding process took quite a long time as we had to understand the weather condition and the environment needed for this corn cultivation. It can only be planted in cold places such as the Cameron Highlands.”

"We have replanted the crop repeatedly to ensure that its quality is consistent in terms of taste," said Billy when met with his wife at their small shop in Kea Farm.

According to Billy the Musang King corn were now being planted on his six-acre (2.4 hectares) farm and due to the limited production, each customer is only allowed to buy a small quantity.

"For now we are selling the product at the same price as the Mutiara corn as we just want to introduce the product to consumers," he said.

According to Billy, based on popularity, Mutiara is the most wanted corn, followed by Susu and Madu.

Asked whether they would trademark the product, he said they were in the midst of registering the Musang King corn.

Meanwhile, June said the Musang King and Mutiara corn shared almost similar traits in terms of its colour and both could readily be eaten.

June said that both Musang King and Mutiara were sold according to the size starting from RM20 for four pieces.

However,  she reminded that the Musang King corn were only available based on production. 

”It is harvested about 10 times a year and the quantity is not much so if you are lucky you can get them,” she said.