Despite having approximately 200 breeds of durians in Malaysia, each breed is brimmed with exquisite flavour and aroma. When durians ripen and fall onto the ground, they tend to have more flesh and a stronger aroma.
The durian season usually occurs every June and July, and each durian breed requires specific conditions to grow, such as rainfall, altitude, temperature, constitution of the soil etc.
Durian itself is a subject that requires great knowledge because of the vast number of durian breeds in Malaysia. All durians are covered with a green, thorny shell, but every breed has their unique tastes and flavours.
With sufficient knowledge to grow durians, everyone is able to savour the best flavours. It is also known that when durians are given a longer period of time to mature, they will taste better!
DURIAN BREED DISTRIBUTION IN MALAYSIA
THE VARIOUS HEALTH BENEFITS OF DURIANS
Durians are known for their unique taste and aroma, but did you know that they are also packed with nutrients? Every fruit is rich in starch, sugar, protein, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, as well as vitamins B1, B2, and C.
Regulates blood pressure and improves cardiovascular health
Helps lower cholesterol
Reduces the risk of cancer
Optimises Yin and Yang energies, and strengthens body
Strengthens bones and prevents osteoporosis
Helps improve bowel movement and digestion
INTRODUCING THE AMAZING MUSANG KING
Despite having various stories about the origin of Musang King, it was commonly known as “Raja Kunyit” in earlier days. Its mother tree originated from Kelantan. According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, cultivator Wee Chong Beng got the breed “Raja Kunyit” registered in 1993, with the code D197 (D stands for Durian).
The origin of the name “Musang King” dates back to the 80s, when a man named Tan Lai Fook from Raub, Pahang stumbled upon a durian tree in Gua Musang, Kelantan. He brought the tree branch back to Raub for grafting. The news spreaded like wildfire as this new breed attracted other cultivators. “Gua Musang” literally means “Civet Cave”, thus adopting the name “Musang King” breathes life into this very durian breed, making the fruit sound even more legendary.
HOW TO IDENTIFY A MUSANG KING
• Star shape at the bottom
• Bottom is mostly brown
• Low number of thorns
• Thorns have huge bases
• Thorns are pyramidal in shape
• Ring of gap between thorns and stem