Ever Wanted to Know What Durian Is?
PHOTO: Durian (courtesy Wikimedia)
Durian is known as the "King of Fruits" and is distinctive not only for its large size but also for its pungent odor.
In many places, the consumption of durian is prohibited due to the fruit’s noxious smell — which some people find pleasant and sweet, but others find revolting.
Recently, persistent heat has limited the durian harvest but that doesn’t seem to have slowed down interest in durian-based tours.
According to Singapore’s Straits Times, local fans of the fruit continue to embark on day trips to feast on durian.
Mike Soh, an executive from the Tampines Central Community Club (CC), told the Straits Times that a similar number of residents this year vied for limited seats on buses to Johor to enjoy durians as in past years. "Last year, we had three to four buses - that is about 120 to 150 people," he said. "It is great because, in Singapore, we cannot eat durians in buffet style."
Dozens of these types of tours head to Malaysian states such as Johor and Malacca, where durian is plentiful and visitors are allowed to indulge in the fruit without regard to its odor.
For approximately $100 per person, fans of the fruit can take a day trip and feast on durians and stop at a shopping mall.
Not only are the tours a good thing for durian-lovers, but they are good for the community of growers as well. Find out more about this fascinating fruit here.
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