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Durian – A patient fruit……

I was delighted to learn today that my Durian tree in the Philippines is now bearing fruit since first planted seven years ago. 
Durian Being bordered on each side with magnificent trees such as the Durian and Mango takes patience and loving care, although the Mango tree has been a fixture for well over twice as long and developed into a most majestic and aesthetic friend.

The Durian fruit has the distinction of smelling like hell and tasting like heaven. Yet this exceptional fruit is highly regarded the world over, and for those in the know, nothing compares to it.

Whilst also native to Indonesia and Malaysia, its roots are abundant in Mindanao in the Southern Philippines and typically take three to five years to reach fruition. It's great news that in Laguna, several hundred miles further north, the Durian has succeeded, albeit a few years longer than the norm. It's even better news that its thriving on my own little patch. I stand akimbo (smuggly)!

Often regarded as the king of fruits, highly prized and commanding a significant price, the Victorian British Naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace described its flesh as "a rich custard highly flavoured with almonds". Unfortunately such is its pungency it engenders feelings ranging from joy to disgust, and is not on the menu of some sensitive hotels.

For size and shape think of a spiky rugby ball or a Jackfruit, which incidentally also has a tendency to pong.

Thailand is particularly taken with the fruit and exports it with abundance. It will be celebrating it's annual World Durian Festival between the 1st and 9th May in Chanthaburi. According to the Thai Gov website it sounds like a barrel of fun and is a major tourist attraction.

I won't be attending, but I am comforted in the knowledge that I now have my own supply. Patience is a virtue, and seven years certainly demonstrates patience in abundance.

Durian, Mango, Papaya, Coconut, Rambutan, Banana, Lanzones (yes – those too!), and jackfruit, are just a few of the tropical fruits which I now harvest and find great joy.

I shall blog about them in the future – but please be patient!


April 26, 2010 - Posted by | Coconut Trees, Conservation, Culture, The Philippines, Travel | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Great article! I am a Durian Lover myself. I am an American who has been living in Davao City for 10 years now, and really developed a taste for the King of fruits – Durian. I hope you enjoy your durian from you tree!


    Comment by MindanaoBob | April 26, 2010 | Reply

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