The durian is a large tropical fruit, encased in a green hard and spiky shell. Known as the “ king of fruits” in Southeast Asia, it can reach the size of a football and weigh up to eight pounds. The green, hard, and spiky shell covers the cream-colored pulp, separated into segments, which is primarily known for its intense smell.

Various iconic descriptions of the smell have spread among those who love Durian and those who despise it. The unpleasant aroma, which is extremely difficult to get rid of, is interestingly compared to old unwashed socks, rotting meat, and a mixture of fetid cheese with the odor of public bathrooms. So why is there such a booming interest in the fruit? Apparently, durian devotees regard the taste as heavenly, pure, delicious, surprising, and therefore worth the fetid odor that can be identified from afar.

This remarkable fruit probably originated in Borneo, and is nowadays cultivated in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. During harvesting season, walking among the gigantic 120-foot durian trees should be reconsidered in order to avoid eight pounds of spiky fruit falling down on one’s head.

Even if opinions vary when it comes to the edibility of the fruit, it is undeniable that durians have a striking cultural importance to locals, for example in Thailand. Every year from April to July, crowds of Thai durian lovers gather in the province of Nonthaburi, celebrating the greatest durians as well as their taste and smell.

Durians (Durio zibethimus) are registered in the GLOBALG.A.P. Product List and can be certified.

A producer with GLOBALG.A.P. certification for Durians:
Chatchawal Orchid CO., Ltd.
Samutsakorn, Thailand
GGN 4049928986238

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