Durian, love it or hate it?

durian taste

“Its taste can only be described as… indescribable, something you will either love or despise. … Your breath will smell as if you’d been French-kissing your dead grandmother.”
– Anthony Bourdain

With its sharp and thorny exterior, the King of Fruits gives a menacing impression. Coupled with a strong aroma, the controversial fruit has defeated many, including culinary expert Andrew Zimmern, the king of eating weird stuff. However, for those brave enough, the creamy flesh from the exquisite fruit is simply divine.

In Malaysia, over 300,000 metric tonnes of durians are produced yearly, with a large portion grown in JohorPahang and Penang. There are over 30 types of durian varieties, each with its own characteristics. Some are sweet, some are bitter; some are creamy, others are firm.

Become a durian expert with our visual guide of the most popular durians in Malaysia.