About Senduro District The northern border of Senduro District in Lumajang Regency is formed by the curving brim of the Tengger Caldera, the home of the infamous Mt. Bromo. The whole district slants upwards towards this ridge, with leek and potato farms plastering the steep walls near the ridge, durian farms undulating through the middle, […]
Fast Facts About India's Durian
Durian grows in the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, brought by Portuguese and (gasp!) English gardening enthusiasts. Some of the oldest trees were planted in the late 18th century in government testing plots.
Today, Indians are getting more interested in durian as a fertility treatment. If you go to pharmacies, you may see signs advertising durian smoothies to childless couples. This medical use, combined with durian's relative rarity, means that durian is more expensive in India than elsewhere in Southeast Asia. That may change as more and more people plant durian trees as a cash crop.
When I tell you where I ate my 10 best durians of the year, I’m telling you a story about me. “Best durian” are deeply personal. They’re where I was and what I was doing and what was important to me when I ate them. This post, The 10 Best Durian of 2017 is essentially […]
Posted by Rob, armed with a point and click 😉 Courtallam, also known as the Spa of India and Poor Man’s Paradise, is famous within India for its seasonal waterfalls. Unbeknownst to most, it is also one of the few locales in India where durian is grown. Luckily for me, I was in the area […]
One morning I woke up to this. I was in the lower bunk of an overcrowded sleeper car traveling back to New Delhi from the Mango Belt. Rob is in the middle bunk just above me, out of sight. There are three tiers of bunks, but that’s not enough to hold everyone. In northern India, train […]
Rob and I flew to India under the pretense of exploring India’s other King of Fruit, the mango, but who were we kidding? Following a lead, Rob and I headed into the foothills of the Western Ghats hoping to find durian in India. Durian is not native to India, but it is slowly gaining a […]
A fruit vendor shows off a durian at his store in Mettupalayam. Seated at the foothills of the Western Ghats, Mettupalayam is the connecting town for tourists wanting to take the Toy Train to Ooty. It’s also one of the only durian-growing regions in India. Durians are growing in popularity as an infertility treatment. This […]
Rob and I have been in India for two weeks now enjoying India’s claim to fruit fame, the mango. I love mango, but I have to admit, I miss durian. When I got wind that durian was being sold at the Lulu Mall in Kochi, Rob and I decided to go on a date to […]
A good mango dribbles, it juices, it drips luscious shades of orange and yellow. I can’t eat a mango without smearing it all over my face in an orange beard, something Rob loves to tease me about. Not like he’s immune to the orange beard – his fur face is a great sponge for mango […]
After the mango festival, Rob and I found ourselves in New Delhi with not that much of fruit interest to do. So we headed east to the state of Uttar Pradesh, the historical home of the mango. Mango has been cultivated there for more than 4,000 years, the coveted edible gem of mystic poets and […]