It’s durian season once again and this time, the harvest is more than plentiful!
For all you durian-lovers out there, this season is one of abundance and plenty. From East to West Malaysia, durian trees are sinking with the weight (not really, but you get the picture) of the king of fruits.
The unusually productive harvest has pleasantly surprised durian farmers and merchants alike. We have to say, though, that the ones who benefit the most are us — the eaters!
The king of fruits / Credit: Free Malaysia Today
Some popular varieties of the fruit are:
Musang King – known for its bitter, buttery taste and bright yellow hue, this variety is highly sought after and comes with a hefty price tag too
D1 – a great choice for those with a sweet tooth. Its pale yellow flesh is creamy and sweet, and its small seeds make it even better!
XO – feels like a hug and kiss for the tastebuds and tummy, for sure! It’s also a bitter variety, but has very soft flesh and tastes slightly fermented
D24 – who doesn’t know this variety? You’re not a true-blue durian eater if you haven’t tried this, also known as the Sultan. Its strong and bitter taste is unrivaled.
Wild Durian – Sukang, a Sabahan durian variety boasts red flesh, while Dalit is another wild durian found here in Sabah with orangey-red flesh.
On both sides of the sea, we celebrate the king of fruits in our own special way. In Karak (a town around 40 mins away from Kuala Lumpur), the overflowing harvest means a durian buffet for hungry Malaysians and Singaporeans.
Here in Sabah, on the other hand, tour operators have started organising ‘durian tours’ which have proved a big hit among tourists. According to a Daily Express news report, Chinese tourists are excited to eat Musang King and durian kampung. And as it is the fruiting season now, supply is great.
Durian stalls under the pedestrian bridge near Central Market, KK / Credit: Year of the Durian
Here are some places where you can get a good durian fix this season:
This season also means new things fruiting in Kota Kinabalu, such as the Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel which has finally opened!