It’s November, and my facebook feed and inbox are beginning to fill with gorgeous shots of plump, salacious yellow pillows and pale pods erupting cream through a taut skin. It fills me with a tinge of jealousy, but I have to remember it will soon be durian season where I am too. I just have to be patient. But while I’ve been waiting, my favorite trouble making fruit has made some entertaining headlines. Here’s November’s Durian in the News.
We already knew durian is sexy. That’s why we have an entire section of this website dedicated to Durian Porn, the kind that makes you moan with deprived ecstasy. Many cultures believe durian is an aphrodisiac, and if you believe these Indian researchers, durian can increase sperm count too. But now durian has partnered with KL condom company Kadex to “make sex better.” Kadex (is rhyming with sex just coincidence?) is hoping that their new line of durian flavored condoms will encourage culturally bashful Malaysians to use protection, preventing the rise of HIV. Durian to the rescue again!
Read more at The Malay Mail
Durian is the life of the party. At the beginning of November, over 1,200 people swarmed the Melbourne Durian Fiesta in Australia to get a taste of around 300 pounds of Musang King and D24 flown in by the Malaysian government. The only reported complaint? “The durian is nice but not enough! Should get more!”
Read more at JOM Magazine
Other people want more durian too. In the Philippines, durian is almost exclusively grown on the island of Davao, in the far south. I actually thought the climate might not be appropriate in other parts of the country, but apparently I’m wrong. The government of Zambales, the province just northeast of Manila, has announced that it will be actively encouraging farmers to plant durian in an attempt to boost average income. If this plan goes through, in just a few years Manila
Read more at Business Mirror
Also floating around the interweb this month is this photo essay I put together of our year long trip for durian. It’s on the Beers and Beans travel website, a site I’ve long admired for their great photography. Not sure that mine are up to their normal standards, but I’m thrilled to see my pictures up on their site.
Check it out at A Durian in Every Country