The Whole Black Thorn Durian

GEORGE TOWN: A durian shop at Jalan Macalister, which went viral on social media for selling three durians for almost RM1,000 (RM937), was slapped with a RM2,000 compound for displaying confusing price tags which were not written in Bahasa Malaysia. Many stalls declare that they sell Durian of the year 2012 - Black Thorn that have escalated the price of durian per kg to RM 40-RM 50. With this breed, many customer fears that they might be taken a ride on the durian seller as durian King is one of the limited provider that sells this breed, that is available in both of their branch in Bukit Bintang and also TTDI.
The durian got its name because the tips of the thorns on this variety tends to be darker. If you think that Singapore only has two black thorn durian seasons - hot and hotter - you're not wrong, but we'd much prefer thinking of it as durian season and no-durian season instead.

Pow was instrumental in getting Leow to participate in the competition and even went to the extent of collecting fruits from Leow's farm (and a few other Penang farms) and driving down to Bangi on the day of the competition to deliver them to the organisers.
The D2, known as Dato Nina is one of the earliest durians to be registered (1934) It used to be quite popular in the eighties, but nowadays it has fallen out of favour because it is not a fleshy durian and it is a quite difficult fruit to open despite its thin husk.

Get your fix for cheap with D13 durians priced at three for $10 or $5. If it's the premium stuff you're after, MSW durians are priced at $15 per kg, Golden Phoenix at $18 per kg and the rare Hulu King at $22 per kg. Beyond durian, you are also able to browse their wide array of other fresh fruits as well.
Mr. Leow himself had warned me that Black Thorn is a durian that varies a lot in flavor depending on the age of the tree. The flesh of the Black Thorn is reddish-yellow, deepening to flaming orange as the tree ages. The banner advertising the Black Thorn durian says that it won some kind of award in 2012, which is probably their justification for the high price.
I am going to share with you some tips on identifying the Musang King and Black Thorn. Before the Mao Shan Wang breed surged in popularity, the most famous breed back in the '90s was the D24 durians. It has a star shaped pattern at the base like the Mao Shan Wang but it looks a little different as the centre of the star is empty (See photo).

We indulged in Chilled Black Thorn, Musang King and XO ~ Super delicious King Of the Durians together with my family and fellow foodies bloggers that night. The Black Thorn (background) and Musang King (foreground) at the durian stall in SS2. This particular durian cultivar originates from Penang and another interesting quality that distinguishes it besides the flat bottom is the presence of a longkang (drain) like Teka durians , except this looks moreā€¦er, anatomical in nature.
I was quite impressed with the graphics, -nicely done- explaining the various states in peninsular Malaysia and where durians are grown (yes, virtually all have durian). Transported fresh daily from Raub, Pahang, you can be sure your dose of durians at Durian Kings are the finest there is.

I tell all this to the group as I line up three more durians for them to taste. The taste is in between of Musang King and XO durian variety. He planted kampung durians and only started planting D24 and 101 durians later on. Two of the top variants, the Musang King & Black Thorn Durians are in town.
The fruits of Puyat produced at TPFN in the lowland of Kabacan and in the higher elevation at the slope of Mt. Apo in Magpet, Cotabato are no match to the taste of the fruits of Musang King. Trees which are more matured will bear a more flavourful Black Thorn.

Black Thorn became so popular till the extent that it had a waiting list every season, usually in late July or early August. The D24 Sultan used to be the most popular cultivar before it was dethroned by the Musang King. I love all durians and am not fussy about variety.

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