Or I don’t think anyone’s dead yet. I haven’t actually checked. Two weeks ago, 11 daring durian lovers met me at the Ministry of Durian, a shop in Singapore, to combine ungodly amounts of durian with beer in an attempt to put science to the widespread myth that combining durian and alcohol will kill you, […]
Fast Facts About Singapore's Durians:
Singaporeans have the highest per capita consumption of durian in the world, and import over 22,000 tons of durian every year from Malaysia.
The majority of durians sold in Singapore come from Malaysia, but they also import from Thailand and recently, the Philippines.
Planned urban growth has left a green space and forested areas that are rife with wild durians and abandoned orchards.
There are three registered Singaporean durian varieties, but no one has reported eating them since the 1990's. Maybe you can find them: H.C. Tan No. 2, H. C. Lim, and Lim Keng Meng.
Durian is always a great conversation starter, especially when it sometimes kills people. Behold these newspaper headlines from 1930’s to present, which I have collected out of some kind of morbid fascination: These are not the traumatic deaths from durian falling on people, although that happens too (be comforted: it’s not common). These are deaths of gluttony, […]
I can think of no better way to celebrate a new year and a new website design than with a glass or two of durian wine. A toast to you, your durian adventures, and a good durian season this 2016! Do you know how hard it’s been not to spill about this? I wanted to post about […]
The Durian Tree is a place you should know about if you’re going to Singapore. It’s new, it’s trendy, and it’s very popular with those in the durian know. I felt very lucky to be invited there by a Singaporean durian club. I haven’t felt so cool since, well, maybe never. Getting pink high tops in […]
Pulau Ubin is an islet just off the coast of Singapore. It only takes 10 minutes to get there, but it’s a world apart from the city. Few vehicles are permitted on the island, most roads are unpaved, and but for day trippers it’s now mostly uninhabited. It’s so quiet you might imagine that not […]
Hansel and Gretel did it. So did Little Red Riding Hood, and Harry Potter. They all went into forests which were strictly off limits – dark, creepy and dangerous even without tropical insects (although I guess Harry’s spiders were comparable) – looking for something magical. Singapore has lots of forbidden forests, and lots of durian […]
This week, a unique exploration of durian in the history and culture of Singapore is on display at the National University of Singapore. If you can’t make it to the exhibit don’t worry. I couldn’t either, so Martina and Wanda were kind enough to give me a virtual tour to share with you. Scroll on […]
I think the first thing I learned about durian is that it’s banned in public spaces because of it’s supposedly foul odor. That’s usually the first thing Westerners learn about durian. A fruit that is not allowed on buses, trains or in hotels has a certain shock factor, a fact that most journalists disclose in […]
Currently, Musang King is like black-market gold. It’s the most sought after, desired and expensive of all the durian varieties, selling for more than twice the price of average durian. It’s also the durian most likely to be faked. That’s right: unscrupulous durian vendors will try to pull a fast one on the naive and sell […]