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Different types of Durian


Here are different types of Durian shown above and some recommended below.

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D24 – Bittersweet in taste, with small seed and flesh in dark yellow color.

This is one of the most expensive varieties.

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XO – It has bitter taste and XO aftertaste. This is one of the most expensive among all.

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Hong Xia- (meaning red prawn) the flesh in the color of cooked prawn, thin and orangey, strong aroma.

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Mao Shan Wang- (meaning mountain cat king) the flesh that is firm on the outside, creamy on the inside. Having the most satisfying of all durians types, having said that, this is considered the best among all.

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Red, Orange meat- one of the rare varieties, fruits are very small and can be held by one palm. Both are considered as Wild Durians.

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Esplanade – The biggest Durian in the world

Author: Sydney Fong

Hi, I am Sydney, a Singaporean. Making a living as an Architectural Illustrator, 3d product designer and visionary. My blog entails categories of my interest, joy, upheaval of life and its destiny. Every post has its own characteristic. It conveys a story of its own, and the life of its owner.

37 thoughts on “Different types of Durian

  1. i never tasted this kind of fruit, looks appealing

  2. I’ve never see or had that before! Interesting fruit!

  3. I’ve never tried a durian and I didn’t realise there are so many kinds. I love fruit varieties – one day I’ll get to try some of these.

  4. I love durians, and your post is so educational. Some I have never come across, and would love to try.

  5. To me, mao-shan-wang is not just considered the best, it is the best :)

  6. I didn’t realise that there were so many varieties. :)

  7. Sydney, so happy you wrote about this, I’ve been watching for it! Which ones are banned from the public parks because of the offensive smell?

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  9. saving enough money to buy the last one… ahaha

  10. My friend’s dog loves durians!

  11. I recently saw an article on this highlighting a vendor in Chinatown, New York City. It’s an acquired taste I think. I’ve never tried one, but was probably exposed and didn’t realize it.

    • The taste is quite extreme, either you like it or hate it.
      I remembered I saw 2 American lady tourists bought a quiet expensive durian wanted to try it out. It was one of the night, after a long day of work.
      They stood there spent a long period of examine and discussion, finally bought a durian- not very big one but is one of the high range.
      Supprisingly, less than a minute, they pass the durian to the next table, offer them the feast and quickly walked off!
      I was regreted why I didn’t sit next to them in the first place! :(

  12. Yes It has a very strong pungent smell,You may not take it with you in an airplan but i like it as fruit.

  13. The smell of durian fruit is
    like hell but taste like heaven…

  14. Great.I neven know there were such o lot of different sorts of durian.

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  16. Durian is the best fruit on earth! I believe that the title given to it as the ‘King of fruits’ is justified in every sense. I’m simply addicted to it. My best varieties are both Musang King and XO. And Malaysia is the right place to taste the best of Durians!

    • Yes! I had a lot of sweety memories while i was small related to Durian.
      My dad always brought me down across the street looked for the “Kampong Durian” during the season.
      Still now, I’am not sure what breed was that,but I believe this is one of the food can build the bond between relationship.

      Thanks for sharing your thought!
      Have a good day!

      Sydney Fong

  17. Durians are clearly an acquired taste. You either love it or hate it. It is akin to whether one likes pungent cheeses. Notwithstanding, durians are gaining popularity in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Sadly, Malaysian durians are highly perishable and are unlikely to be an exportable fruit to more distant lands. All the more reason for South East Asian exiles to make an annual durian pilgrimage! :)

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