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Friday, March 9, 2012

Kings of fruit

Durians

Some durians ripe early and fall off early, while some only fall later in the season. One who always eat durians can experience different durians at different times of the durian season. Therefore, in order to enjoy a variety of taste throughout the season, we plant and grow many various types of durians in our farm. Some of the famous durians we have is Ang Hae (Red Prawn), Ho Lor, Ang Bak, Cheh Phoay Kia (Green-Skin Kid), D2, 24, 11, etc.
Mah Jiang Thaeu is one of our most appreciated durian, but is not for sale in the market. Another durian that is not for sale is the Kai Ma Tai Kai Cai (Mother Chicken Bring Her Little Chicks!), like a size of a baby chick but ultra-delicious. These can only be found in our farm. A popular durian may not always be the most delicious, because how delicious a durian can be, is on the tongue of the beholder! In fact, just like how some delicious tropical fruits are unknown to many foreigners, there are many other good durians which even the locals do not know.
We have attempted to catalogue all our durians for educational purposes, displayed below from the most delicious to the least popular. You can also use this page for identifying a durian from its skin and physical form.

Most Delicious Durians

red prawn durianGan Ja
Ang Hae
(Red Prawn)
Ho LorCheh Phoay KiaGan Ja
11Ka pi liXiao Hung
(Small Red)
D2
24Ang Bak KiaGreen Skin 15
24Ang Bak KiaKun Bao HongCheh Phoay 15
(Green Skin 15)
Ping Tang
(Rock Sugar)
Tap PangAng JinYang Thao
(Starfruit)
Durian Tauke604Qing Ping Guo - Apple
301Durian Tauke
(Boss' Durian)
604Qing Ping Guo
(Green Apple)
??
Huang Jiang
(Yellow Ginger)
Tek Kha
(Bamboo Head)
Pan Shan
(Half Hill)

Here are the less popular ones:
Li Pan
M5Tam Tu92Li Pan
308600
1814308600
?703Durian Batu
15703Durian Batu
(Stone Durian)
Please know that these are not all the durians in the world, these are just some of the durians we plant in our farm. There are probably more than 5000 kinds of durian in the world ?? If you have a closer estimate, please let me know.

How to Choose a Good Durian / 6 Steps to Choosing A Good Durian

First of all, what is a good durian? For us, a good durian is one that is ripe, fresh and free from larvae/worms. However, a durian with worm doesn't mean it is not good because it can still be delicious.
So how do you know if a durian is good or fresh? Here are some steps you can try when looking for a good durian:
  1. Look at the tip, if it is too dry means it is no longer fresh. A little dry is okay.
  2. Look at the bottom, if it is crack it may be over-ripe or not so fresh. But it still can be delicious.
  3. Smell the durian, if there is a strong smell, it is most likely good. If there is no smell, it is probably not ripe.
  4. Use your fingernails to scratch the durian, if it sounds hollow it is likely to be a good one.
  5. Put the durian close to your ear, shake it and listen carefully, if there is a 'moving' sound, it is likely to be good.
  6. Look for holes around the durian, if there is tiny hole somewhere, there is likely to be a worm (larva of an insect) that has burrow into it.
  7. Yes, there is actually a 7th step, but it's not going to be useful. If you have the chance to open the durian, open it and taste it.

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