Scams to avoid while trying durians in Singapore
First time exploring Singapore and excited to try out the king of all fruits? Before buying one to try, it might be more helpful to identify the different breed and its associate pricing to avoid scams. Here are the typical durians that you are likely to chance upon while walking down the durian street of Singapore.
1. Mao Shan Wang
Taste and look: Known for its bright yellow seeds, bittersweet taste and sticky, creamy texture. The flesh can be sweet and bitter even within the same fruit.
Origin: Kelatan, Pahang and Johor
Price Range: $28 to $30 per kg
2. Golden Phoenix
Taste and look: Duller in texture, the Golden Phoenix is more bitter,with a more watery texture and strong pungent smell.
Origin: Pahang, Johor
Pricing: $25 to $28 per kg
Another commonly seen durian in Singapore, D24 is
Taste and look: is paler, Very creamy and bitter.
Origin: Johor, Pahang, Cameron Highlands
D13 is generally recommended to people who have barely tried durian. D13 is less pungent in smell, and hence, making it more approachable for some.
Taste and Look: Deep burnt orange, Sweet, less fibrous than most durians, with little pungent smell. Good for “beginners”.
Origin: Johor, Segamat
Pricing: $13 to $15 per kg
1. Be clear about the pricing
Yes, as simple as it may seem, it is essential to know the pricing before the seller opens it for you. Sometimes the durian seller is eager in selling the durian to you, that he claims to be offering you the “cheapest” or the “best” price for the durian that you are getting. However, unless you get the pricing clear,if not never let the seller open it for you. If not, you might end up like the poor couple who paid $600 for 20 kg worth of durians.
2. Don’t buy durians with yellow powder on the stems
If this is your first time visiting the sunny island and getting durian for yourself, avoid the yellow powdered durians at all cost. The yellow power is due to a chemical called Etephon being sprayed onto the durian for artificial ripening. Durians that are ripened by this chemical loses its pungent bitterness and contains a strange flavor.
3. Taste your durian
Yes, you can taste your durian before purchasing. However, you are only allowed to pinch a bit of its flesh to try and not eat the entire flesh with seed, if not, the entire durian is yours. Upon testing, you can either inform the seller that you have found your desired durian, or you can let him know if it is too bitter, sweet or creamy for your liking. An experienced seller would then be able to pick out your preferred durian for you.
4. Personally examine the damage of the durian
A durian seller can easily deceive you by rolling and throwing the durian in his hands, as if its just another soccer ball. However, do not be fooled by it. The tossing and turning may be the seller’s attempt in hiding its damages from you. So before you agree to buy it, examine the durian with your own hands and eyes. Make sure there is no hole, yellow powder, trimmed stems or worms before purchasing.
Are you ready to try out durian now? Why not also explore Geylang Region with Locomole app? Experience the heritage of Geylang and immerse yourself in its rich culture before making a brave step in trying out durian!