How to choose Durian?

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Is Durian’s Season now, some tips you may like to follow while choosing a king of fruit!

First, pick up a durian by using a towel cloth or a glove and give a gentle shake. If the sound is dull and subtle, this is just right. If it is knocking sound, the fruit is not ripe enough. It there is no sound; the fruit may be too ripe and taste bitterness (to some, bitterness is the best taste among).

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Second, durian should smell little fragrant. Too pungent may indicates the fruit is too ripe.

By courtesy of www.thingsidigg.com
By courtesy of http://www.thingsidigg.com

Third, some seller allows open up the shell slightly to examine the flesh. It should feel soft and tender not watery and hard.

Fourth, buy back home and test personally.

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33 thoughts on “How to choose Durian?

    Ryan said:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:02 am

    i like durian but never know how to choose the right one. 😀

      Sydney Fong responded:
      July 30, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Not too late! No doubt I know the way but I still let the seller do the job! 🙂

        Ryan said:
        July 30, 2013 at 11:36 pm

        but sometime the seller choose the bad one…

        Sydney Fong responded:
        July 31, 2013 at 12:51 am

        In fact, they usually mix the “norm” and the “un-norm”, so that you won’t be able to find out easily! 😉

        Ryan said:
        July 31, 2013 at 2:14 pm

        true… i often get the bad one.

        Sydney Fong responded:
        August 1, 2013 at 10:39 pm

        Haha! Just like me! The luck is not always at my side when come to choosing durian! 🙂

    rabirius said:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Looks really interesting to try…
    …I will see if I can find Durians over here.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      July 30, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Where do you live? Durian usually can be found in Asia! 🙂

    The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap said:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Thanks! Just watched a food network show where they featured durian as one of the ingredients.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      July 30, 2013 at 9:53 pm

      Yes, durian can be eaten in many way, for example like ice-cream, bakery or even biscuit etc. 🙂

    cavepainter said:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:59 am

    I had durian once. It was pretty good. Other people didn’t like the strong smell, but my sense of smell is very weak so I wasn’t bothered by it. 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      July 30, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      Yes, it has a strong character, either like it or hate it! 🙂

    bumblepuppies said:
    July 30, 2013 at 5:53 am

    I’ve seen durian at two international markets where I live… so it’s possible to find them away from the largest Asian immigrant communities. I’ve only had it as part of a chip because they’re too big for me buy for myself.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      July 30, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      The fruit is big, but the meats are little compare to the shell.
      You may like to chill it by keeping in the fridge, is even nicer! 🙂

    icelandpenny said:
    July 30, 2013 at 6:55 am

    When I lived in Indonesia I had lots of chances to try durian, but unfortunately the stront smell always kept me from trying. I remember being told to hold my nose and just eat it, but I never had the nerve. Now I regret I was so silly!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      July 30, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      I’m sure the next trip in Asia, you will be able to test your nerve again! 🙂

    gita4elamats said:
    July 30, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Durian season! Wish I was there! 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      July 30, 2013 at 10:01 pm

      I keep one for you! 😉

        gita4elamats said:
        July 30, 2013 at 10:38 pm

        Awww, you are so sweet, Sydney! ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

        Sydney Fong responded:
        July 31, 2013 at 12:44 am

        Just one only! 😉

        gita4elamats said:
        July 31, 2013 at 9:10 am

        😆 One’s enough!

        Sydney Fong responded:
        August 1, 2013 at 10:28 pm

        You are so lucky! 🙂

    Rexlin Victor said:
    July 30, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Through this post only, I came to know about Durian fruit!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      July 30, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      This is the king of fruit! But the smell is super strong, either you like it or hate it! 🙂

    utesmile said:
    July 31, 2013 at 5:21 am

    I never even tried that fruit. Wonder if I would like it?

      Sydney Fong responded:
      August 1, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      Is either love or hate it! 🙂

    chris13jkt said:
    July 31, 2013 at 10:24 am

    So, when will you invite me for a durian party, Sydney? 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      August 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Oops! Party is over! Haha! 🙂

    Lindsay said:
    August 1, 2013 at 1:01 am

    I run a website all about durian that I hope can answer all of your questions! Please check it out at http://www.yearofthedurian.com and let me know if you have any other tips or tricks that I’ve missed. Thanks!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      August 1, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      Wow! Your site is so amazingly educational! It really impress me! I nominate you as the Ambassador of Durian! 🙂

    whatuful said:
    October 16, 2013 at 1:24 am

    My dad’s favorite! haha. It’s much more expensive in Korea.

    Parfum said:
    January 8, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    My favorite….. So yummyyyy…

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 9, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      Beware of high sugar content! Haha! Thanks for the visiting! Have a good day! 🙂

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