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DURIAN
FIJIAN LONGAN
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STAR APPLE
SWEETSOP
WAX JAMBU
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YELLOW MANGOSTEEN

 

 

 

 

Durian(Durio zibethinus)
Durians hanging from tree
Durian segment
Durian flower
Durian buds

Regarded as the ‘king of tropical fruit’. Described as tasting like heaven and stinking like hell. The fruit is large and covered in spines with a really rich creamy flesh which tastes like cream cheese and onions.

 

Soil
Characteristics
Deep sandy clay loams with very good drainage.
Climate Requirements

Needs a warm, wet tropical climate with rain all year. Intolerant of frost at any age.

Culture

Needs a 6-7m spacing, with shade provided for the first few years. Trees are very susceptible to Phytophthera (root rot), and other fungi.

Harvesting

Some varieties are picked from the tree while others are allowed to drop. Mature fruit can be kept for 2 - 4 days but once opened must be eaten straight away or the flesh sours.

Length of time
until first crop

Grafted varieties will bear in 4 - 6 years, while seedlings may take up to 10 years.

Marketing Notes

The strong odour is objectionable to many people and the fruit therefore requires airtight packaging for transport.

 

Food Preparation

You open the Durian with a large knife along the fracture lines which can be observed running from the stem to the base. Prise the knife into one of these lines and lever the knife with force. Usually eaten fresh, but it can also be cooked with sticky rice or mixed with sugar as a preservative. Often used as a flavouring in cakes or icecream.

Sticky Rice with Durian
Durian Cheesecake
Durian Smoothie
Rich Durian Cake
Durian Cakes

Further information

Purdue University - Centre for New Crops and Plants - Durian
This site is a chapter from a book written by Julia Morton. Gives a detailed description of the different varieties, climate, soil, season, pests and diseases and food uses. A good photograph. You can purchase this classic book Fruits of Warm Climates online from Amazon.

How to Choose a Good Durian
An article written by Dr Alfred Tan, a Durian afficiondo.e

Alfred Wallace: His Encounters with a Durian
These are extracts from Wallace's book The Malay Archipelago written during his travels in the region in the 1850s and 1860s

What fruit is shaped like a hedgehog and smells like compost?
An amusing personal account of how Phil Johnson, the author tastes his first Durian.

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Last updated December 19, 2013