Distribution of durian varieties in Malaysia, Musang King/SULIAN/BLACK THORN/ UDANG MERAH

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The king of fruits, durian, in Malaysia, also holds an unshakable position in Southeast Asia, such as Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and even in China. As the king of fruits, durian is a fruit that makes people love and hate it. Those who love it will be unable to stop loving it, while those who don't like durian will stay away from it, even unable to bear its smell.

The durians produced in Malaysia are recognized as the best quality durians. Although Thai durians are also very famous and popular, when compared carefully, the taste and flavor of Thai durians are far inferior to those of Malaysian durians. Unlike Thai durians, which are "picked from the tree," Malaysian durians must wait until they are fully ripe and fall naturally before being picked up and transported to the market for sale. The whole process does not require ripening, so the taste, texture, and fineness of Malaysian durians are far better than those of Thai durians.

Durian holds an unshakable position in the hearts of Malaysians. Many Malaysians believe that "Malaysia has three seasons a year, the dry season, the rainy season, and the durian season." Every year from June to September is the durian harvest season, when a durian craze will sweep Malaysia. Throughout the country, there are large and small durian stalls everywhere. Whenever you pass by a durian stall, the strong "durian fragrance" in the air makes people want to stop and have a fresh durian meal.

Penang and Pahang have many famous durian orchards, which produce many famous and representative Malaysian durians, such as: Raub in Pahang is the hometown of "Musang King," and Penang is rich in D24, also known as "Sultan." Today, I would like to share with you several good places to eat durians in Kuala Lumpur, Pahang Raub, and Penang. If you have the opportunity, you may wish to try the fresh and delicious durians.

Durian has a variety of flavors to choose from, including a bitter-sweet flavor and a creamy flavor. Its creamy texture, who doesn't want to eat the bright yellow flesh of this king of fruits. The peak season for durians is expected to be from late June to mid-July and is expected to last until August. The peak season will bring cheaper prices and higher quality.

Durian is also known as the "king of fruits" in some areas. It is characterized by its huge size, strong aroma, and a spiked outer shell. This fruit usually weighs 1 to 3 kilograms and can reach a length of up to 12 inches and a diameter of 6 inches. Depending on the species, its shape can range from rectangular to round, and its shell can be green or brown, and its flesh can be light yellow or red.

Although some people find the smell of durian strong and unpleasant, durian lovers find it has a wonderful sweetness. Its smell and unusual taste have been described as rotten onions, turpentine, and untreated sewage, evoking a variety of emotions ranging from extreme admiration to severe disgust. Some hotels and public transport systems in Southeast Asia prohibit the use of this fruit because of its lasting smell, which can last for several days.

Take a look at the following common types of durians.

  1. D 197 Musang King

The king of fruits, Musang King. If you haven't eaten Musang King, you haven't eaten durian. Also known as butter durian, or Rajah Kunyit. Musang King durian is a bright yellow durian. It has a creamy, sticky, and bitter taste. Musang King fruits are originally from Kelantan, Pahang, and Johor, Malaysia.

Musang King durian is one of the most widely consumed durian varieties and is often used in pastries and candies, such as mooncakes, ice cream, coffee, and cakes. People who don't like overly sweet or bitter durians can easily tolerate its bittersweet taste, achieving a wonderful balance and being loved by the public. Compared to some more watery durians, its creamy texture also makes its taste more luxurious and delicious. The bottom of Musang King durian has a star pattern, which is easily recognizable. Because Musang King durian is notorious for its high price, be sure to observe its shape before purchasing.

  1. D175/Red Prawn Durian /HONG HAR

Also known as Hongxia or Ang Hai. Red Prawn durian is an orange-red durian. Red Prawn originated in Pahang, Johor, Malaysia. It has a creamy texture like egg and milk, and a sweet taste. In addition, this type of durian usually has small seeds, so there is more flesh. Both beginners and durian lovers will like it.

  1. Golden Phoenix Durian

Golden Phoenix durian is a light yellow-white durian. This fruit originated in Pahang and Johor, Malaysia. Compared to other types of durians, the durian has a bitter aftertaste and a more watery texture. However, it is not recommended for beginners to do so, as this may be an acquired habit.

The seeds of this durian are smaller than those of other durians, but it has a strong and pungent smell. The deliciousness of the flesh is worth it for such a seed.

  1. D1 Durian

D1 durian is also known as Gang Hai. Its flesh is light yellow and originated in Johor, Malaysia. The flesh is a little brittle and has a sweet and milky taste. This type of durian is very suitable for those who are just starting to get in touch with durian.

These types of durians are more chewy than other types of durians because their flesh has more fibers than most durians. Even if it is a habit, you should give it a try. Who knows, you might fall in love with it.

  1. Hor Lor Durian

The flesh of Hor Lor durian is ivory in color and has a mild, slightly sweet taste. This fruit originated in Penang, Malaysia. Hor Lor has a moderate taste and is not too strong on the palette, making it a good choice for beginners and kids. If you like drier and stickier durian flesh, this variety is a good choice.

  1. XO Durian

Because of its bright yellow flesh and small indented star-shaped bottom, XO durian is easily recognizable. XO durian originally grew in Johor, Cameron Highlands, or Genting Highlands.

If you like the bitterness with a touch of alcohol, XO durian is the ideal choice. This bitter fruit has a smooth, creamy, and thick flesh that can melt on your tongue. Its taste is very heavy and may not be liked by all durian lovers.

  1. D13 durian
    The D13 durian has deep orange flesh. It is highly regarded by many people. This fruit originated in Segamat, Johor, Malaysia. It is similar to the red shrimp durian. It is often less pungent and has a mild sweetness. This makes it more delicious and is an ideal choice for first-time eaters. Its core is large, which means there is less flesh, but the price is very cheap.

  1. Black Pearl durian
    This type of durian has smooth, creamy flesh that is light yellow in color. This fruit is originally from Johor, Malaysia. The Black Pearl is known for its tiny pearl-like seeds and thin shell. It has a slightly bitter taste, but still has a milky white color. If you like bittersweet durians, you must try the Black Pearl durian. However, it is said to be very rare, so seize any opportunity to try it.
  1. Black Thorn durian

The flesh of the Black Thorn durian is bright yellow. This fruit originated in Penang, Malaysia.
The Black Thorn durian is a strong competitor to the famous Musang King durian, and its flesh tastes nearly bittersweet. They tend to be more expensive than other durian varieties, although they are not as common as the Musang King durian. Durians are very rare, and every durian lover must eat at least once because the taste of durians is rich, comparable to custard.

  1. Black Gold durian

The Black Gold durian has a dark gray base color. This fruit is originally from Pahang, Malaysia. In a sense, the Black Gold durian is one level higher than the Black Pearl durian. It has a delightful jelly-like texture and a little bitterness.

  1. D17/S17 durian

The flesh of the D17 durian is dark yellow. Its shape is long and thin with large thorns. The flesh of the D17 durian is moist and has a pleasant creamy texture, so you won't be thirsty after eating the durian meal. Most D17 durians have a unique bitterness that is not too intense. For those who like a mild but fragrant taste, this durian is the ideal choice.

  1. MonThong durian

MonThong durian is also known as Golden Pillow in Thailand. It is regarded as one of the most popular and best durians in Thailand. This fruit is a vibrant yellow with a mild sweetness and smell. It is also very fleshy.

  1. Green Bamboo durian

Also known as Tekka ot Bamboo Green. The flesh of the green bamboo durian is light yellow with a slight green tinge. This fruit is originally from Johor, Malaysia. It is a unique durian variety with a rich sweet flavor, floral and bitter notes. This rare durian variety, also known as the Queen of Musang, is also considered to have a richer and deeper taste than the Musang King that we all know and love.

  1. D24 Sultan durian

The D24 Sultan durian is a strong contender for the most popular durian variety. Its mild taste makes it very easy to adapt to this extraordinary fruit. The D24 durian, like the popular Musang King durian, has a smooth and delicate texture, but it tastes a little bitter. This fruit is great for parties.

  1. D101 durian
    The flesh of the D101 durian is orange. This fruit is originally from Pahang, Johor, Malaysia.
    D101 is another great durian. It has moderate sweetness and a wonderful buttery texture. For those who don't like the bitterness of durian, the orange flesh is an excellent alternative to other types of durian.

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