The Whole Black Thorn DurianGEORGE TOWN: A durian shop at Jalan Macalister, which went viral on social media for selling three durians for almost RM1,000 (RM937), was slapped with a RM2,000 compound for displaying confusing price tags which were not written in Bahasa Malaysia. Named in some regions as the "king of fruits", 5 the durian is distinctive for its large size, strong odour , and thorn -covered rind The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb).
Mr Lu Yuee Thing, another Raub plantation owner, told CNA that he has farmed durians in the area for 40 years. It starts out sweet and has a d24 durian bitter end note, like XO durians - just as intense but not quite so long lasting. I am not too sure how is my durian trees at the moment.
Instead, the workers put pressure on the fruit manually - knocking or throwing it about - which according to Heng drastically changes the flesh, from pale orange to very dark orange, and the skin of the flesh becomes like old people's skin, very wrinkly”.
According to this second-generation owner of the family-run business based in Penang, the recent bout of publicity this particular variety has received, in China, especially”, has tempted unscrupulous sellers to market cheaper varieties like D24 with hiked-up prices under the guise of Black Thorn.
The fact that there are Pulau Ubin Durians might be of a surprise to you, but for Durian devotees and especially the one's who have lived through Singapore's Golden Age of Durians, Pulau Ubin Durians are a time portal to an era where the coming of the Durian season was as eagerly anticipated as the Malaysian Cup Finals.
Mr. Leow himself had warned me that Black Thorn is a durian that varies a lot in flavor depending on the age of the tree. The flesh of the Black Thorn is reddish-yellow, deepening to flaming orange as the tree ages. The banner advertising the Black Thorn durian says that it won some kind of award in 2012, which is probably their justification for the high price.
Black Thorn, runner up in 2011 and was awarded Durian Champion in 2012. A durian tree requires four to five years to start fruiting, but it is only in the sixth to seventh year that it starts to produce quality harvest. He also said that FAMA would visit China next month to promote Malaysian fruits especially durians.
We indulged in Chilled Black Thorn, Musang King and XO ~ Super delicious King Of the Durians together with my family and fellow foodies bloggers that night. The Black Thorn (background) and Musang King (foreground) at the durian stall in SS2. This particular durian cultivar originates from Penang and another interesting quality that distinguishes it besides the flat bottom is the presence of a longkang (drain) like Teka durians , except this looks more…er, anatomical in nature.
The Black Thorn durian is roundish in shape and it looks like a sign of a star at the bottom of the fruit. Leow first discovered Black Thorn at a friend's farm and took cuttings from the tree. For a durian-tasting fit for a king, check out 99 Old Tree's unique SukaWa Durian Omakase for an experience unlike any other.
Durian Seng has found woody, smoky, burnt-rice notes in fruit from his oldest trees. That being said, it doesn't really have the depth of flavor and underlying bitterness which Musang King, D24 or Tekka are famous for. Still more idiosyncratically varied are unbranded kampung durians”, which are from trees originally planted from unknown seeds.
And the export of these durians has become a booming business for Raub entrepreneurs, some of whom are now among Malaysia's wealthiest fruit farmers. The flesh of the Mao Shan Wang is a very characteristic deep buttery, flurorescent yellow colour and should have a very rich, sweet and sometimes bitter flavour.
Their prices might not be the cheapest in town, but quality is always the number one priority when buying durians. Black Thorn is only available in the middle of the year and there are limited places that sell this variety of durian. His farm - Uncle Thing Durian Leisure Farm - grows largely Musang King and Black Thorn varieties.