https://www.yearofthedurian.com Mon, 21 May 2018 16:05:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 A New Bangkok Durian Restaurant Featuring Thailand’s Rarest Varieties https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/05/bangkok-durian-restaurant-im-durian.html https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/05/bangkok-durian-restaurant-im-durian.html#respond Sun, 13 May 2018 10:00:17 +0000 https://www.yearofthedurian.com/?p=22849
I’ve always wondered why there were no Bangkok durian restaurants. It’s a huge city, renown for cuisine and food, and yet I’d never heard of an eatery where you could sit down at a table, sip a cup of water under a fan, and dig into the gooey flesh of a durian opened on your […]

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The Whole Black Thorn Durian Story https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/05/black-thorn-durian-story.html https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/05/black-thorn-durian-story.html#comments Sat, 05 May 2018 03:55:38 +0000 https://www.yearofthedurian.com/?p=22830
This is a snippet from my new book, The Durian Tourist’s Guide to Penang, Malaysia, in the “Identifying Durians” chapter. The book has information just like this about 21 varieties of durian that you can find in Penang!   Black Thorn (D200) Registered in 2013 Other Names: Black Thorn, Duri Hitam, Ochee, Hei Tze When: Late […]

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2018 Durian Season Guide to Malaysia https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/04/2018-malaysia-durian.html https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/04/2018-malaysia-durian.html#comments Thu, 26 Apr 2018 01:12:19 +0000 https://www.yearofthedurian.com/?p=22730
The 2018 Malaysia Durian Season started while you weren’t looking. Or actually, I wasn’t reporting. It’s here, and this is a Red Prawn durian that I just ate, on April 23, on Penang Island. I know you are ready to plan your trip and your durian munching escapades this summer. So I’ve made a little […]

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Trang Durian Along Highway 4 to Phattalung | Thailand https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/04/trang-durian-along-highway-4-to-phattalung-thailand.html https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/04/trang-durian-along-highway-4-to-phattalung-thailand.html#comments Mon, 09 Apr 2018 18:20:48 +0000 https://www.yearofthedurian.com/?p=22722
If you’re not specifically looking for Trang durian, there’s little chance you’ll find yourself on the lonely mountain road that winds between the southern Thai provinces of Trang and Phattalung. Most tourists don’t even go to Phattalung. Those that go to Trang get off the train or step out of the airport and head straight for […]

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Updated Guide to 234 Thailand Durian Varieties https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/03/complete-guide-to-234-thailand-durian.html https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/03/complete-guide-to-234-thailand-durian.html#comments Sat, 31 Mar 2018 06:15:00 +0000 http://www.yearofthedurian.com/2014/01/the-complete-guide-to-thailands-234-2/
Note: Updated 03/31/2018. This page is routinely updated as I add photos and notes in an effort to collect them all. Current count is 43 Thai Varieties. Just 200 to go!  I still haven’t found all 234 Thailand durian varieties and I’ve been hunting for years. Many are rare to the point of extinction, thanks […]

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Kop Lep Yao and Thai Heirloom Durian at Suan Itsaree | Chanthaburi, Thailand https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/03/kop-lep-yao-and-thai-heirloom-durian-at-suan-itsaree-chanthaburi-thailand.html https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/03/kop-lep-yao-and-thai-heirloom-durian-at-suan-itsaree-chanthaburi-thailand.html#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 02:58:04 +0000 https://www.yearofthedurian.com/?p=22597
There are 234 Thai heirloom durians, and yet most people just know Monthong and Chanee. It’s a constant battle convincing durian lovers in Malaysia and Singapore that Thai durian can be more than sweet and crunchy, that it ranges in taste from golden sweet-peanut-butter to soft red-wine -cream depending on the variety, just like in […]

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Southern Thailand Durian and Monkeys Harvesting Durian https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/03/pattani-southern-thailand-durian.html https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/03/pattani-southern-thailand-durian.html#comments Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:52:06 +0000 https://www.yearofthedurian.com/?p=22475
Southern Thailand durian is not famous, which is why I wanted to go there. There’s always something magical about taking the leap into the unknown, and I’ve always loved how the promise of really tasty durian has lured me off the beaten track into somewhere random I’d never considered going to before. I love when […]

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Bestala Durian, A Sad Durian Story | Bali https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/03/bestala-durian-bali.html https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/03/bestala-durian-bali.html#comments Sat, 10 Mar 2018 09:21:29 +0000 http://www.yearofthedurian.com/?p=15884
This story about Bestala Durian is an old Bali durian post, and a post mostly about having your heart broken. It’s one that I wrote and then abandoned years ago because I just didn’t have it in me to finish. It wasn’t anything against Bestala. It’s just that durian is supposed to be a happy […]

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Understanding Indonesian Durian in Wonosobo | Central Java, Indonesia https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/03/understanding-indonesian-durian-wonosobo-central-java-indonesia.html https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/03/understanding-indonesian-durian-wonosobo-central-java-indonesia.html#comments Sat, 03 Mar 2018 17:01:49 +0000 https://www.yearofthedurian.com/?p=22402
Indonesian durian is somewhat old-fashioned. It’s got a rustic charm, and like anything antiquated, a lot of confusion. Farmers like Haji Muttaqin Hasan are changing that. We met Hasan at his house surrounded by small black pots and a small forest of low durian trees. A fully loaded rambutan tree drooped outside the open windows. […]

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The Happiest Place to Eat Wonosobo Durian | Central Java https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/02/dieng-durian.html https://www.yearofthedurian.com/2018/02/dieng-durian.html#comments Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:43:17 +0000 https://www.yearofthedurian.com/?p=22401
Wonosobo durian was much, much better than I expected. Actually, everything about Wonosobo was much, much better than I expected. Call me a cynic, but it’s a rare jewel to find 9/10 durian in a jaw-droppingly gorgeous, natural, clean, super-friendly setting. My tummy was happy. My camera was happy. I was happy. But before we […]

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