If this is your first time trying durians in Singapore, it would be helpful if you could identify the different breeds and its associated pricing to avoid getting scammed! So here are the typical durians you’d need to know before buying one in 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
The D24 is another commonly seen durian in Singapore.
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
Now that you know about the common durians in Singapore, here are 4 tips to prevent further scams!
1. Be clear about the pricing
Before the seller opens the durian for you, you have to make sure that the pricing of it was agreed on between you and the seller. Sometimes, the seller can be very eager in selling the durians to you by claiming that it’s the “cheapest” or the “best” price he/she is offering. So, ensure the pricing is made clear before letting the seller opens it. If not, you might find yourself in the same situation as the poor couple who paid $600 for 20 kg worth of durians.
2. Do not buy durians with yellow powder on the stems
Avoid durians with yellow powdered stems 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 before paying
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 some durians in Singapore? Explore Geylang where you can find them with the free Locomole app, and join the Geylang Serai Trail.