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INTRODUCING DURIAN

Despite having approximately 200 breeds of durians in Malaysia, each breed is brimmed with exquisite flavour and aroma. When durians ripen and fall onto the ground, they tend to have more flesh and a stronger aroma.

The durian season usually occurs every June and July, and each durian breed requires specific conditions to grow, such as rainfall, altitude, temperature, constitution of the soil etc.

DURIAN BREEDS

Durian itself is a subject that requires great knowledge because of the vast number of durian breeds in Malaysia. All durians are covered with a green, thorny shell, but every breed has their unique tastes and flavours.

With sufficient knowledge to grow durians, everyone is able to savour the best flavours. It is also known that when durians are given a longer period of time to mature, they will taste better!

DURIAN BREED DISTRIBUTION IN MALAYSIA

Musang King ( D197 )

The ultimate Malaysian specialty — filled with buttery, thick flesh. This small-seeded breed is known for its robust flavour with a hint of refreshing bitterness.

D24

Also known as the “Sultan Durian”, its popularity comes right after Musang King’s. D24 glows in golden yellow, not to mention its aroma and texture is amazingly rich.

TEKA

One of the hottest breeds with a bittersweet profile and a mild aroma.

Red Prawn

This breed stands out with a sweet vermillion flesh, rich and pungent aroma, and a unique sticky texture.

Musang King ( D197 )

The ultimate Malaysian specialty — filled with buttery, thick flesh. This small-seeded breed is known for its robust flavour with a hint of refreshing bitterness.

D24

Also known as the “Sultan Durian”, its popularity comes right after Musang King’s. D24 glows in golden yellow, not to mention its aroma and texture is amazingly rich.

TEKA

One of the hottest breeds with a bittersweet profile and a mild aroma.

Red Prawn

This breed stands out with a sweet vermillion flesh, rich and pungent aroma, and a unique sticky texture.

XO

Extremely tender flesh with a bitter profile, the XO durian is special for its fermented taste.

Black Thorn ( D200 )

A rare breed with dark yellow coloured flesh with a velvety texture.

Golden Pheonix

One of the top picks by durian aficionados for its pale coloured flesh yet a robust aroma and taste.

Black Pearl

Known for its pale flesh that resembles a pearl, Black Pearl is a small-seeded beauty with thinner flesh, yet it is extremely smooth and delicate.

XO

Extremely tender flesh with a bitter profile, the XO durian is special for its fermented taste.

Black Thorn ( D200 )

A rare breed with dark yellow coloured flesh with a velvety texture.

Golden Pheonix

One of the top picks by durian aficionados for its pale coloured flesh yet a robust aroma and taste.

Black Pearl

Known for its pale flesh that resembles a pearl, Black Pearl is a small-seeded beauty with thinner flesh, yet it is extremely smooth and delicate.

Green Bamboo

The greenish flesh that resembles the colour of bamboo, is sweet and fibrous, encased in an extraordinarily hard shell.

D13

The perfect durian for first-timers as it tastes sweet and mild. Its flesh appears brown-yellowish, less fibrous, and it is also big-seeded.

D101

On a diet? With D101, its mild yet amazingly sweet aroma does not take away your chance to indulge in durians.

D1

The small-seeded breed with a unique creamy texture and thick flesh.

Green Bamboo

The greenish flesh that resembles the colour of bamboo, is sweet and fibrous, encased in an extraordinarily hard shell.

D13

The perfect durian for first-timers as it tastes sweet and mild. Its flesh appears brown-yellowish, less fibrous, and it is also big-seeded.

D101

On a diet? With D101, its mild yet amazingly sweet aroma does not take away your chance to indulge in durians.

D1

The small-seeded breed with a unique creamy texture and thick flesh.

 DURIAN MUSANG KING

Despite having various stories about the origin of Musang King, it was commonly known as “Raja Kunyit” in earlier days. Its mother tree originated from Kelantan. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, cultivator Wee Chong Beng got the breed “Raja Kunyit” registered in 1993, with the code D197 (D stands for Durian).

The origin of the name “Musang King” dates back to the 80s, when a man named Tan Lai Fook from Raub, Pahang stumbled upon a durian tree in Gua Musang, Kelantan. He brought the tree branch back to Raub for grafting. The news spreaded like wildfire as this new breed attracted other cultivators. “Gua Musang” literally means “Civet Cave”, thus adopting the name “Musang King” breathes life into this very durian breed, making the fruit sound even more legendary.

HOW TO IDENTIFY A MUSANG KING

  • Star shape at the bottom
  • Bottom is mostly brown
  • Low number of thorns
  •  Thorns have huge bases
  • Thorns are pyramidal in shape
  • Ring of gap between thorns and stem

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