In 2022, I think I was sent a video at least 200 hundred times showing a Thai man tossing down thornless durians and catching them barehanded like American footballs. The video was everywhere. And being in Thailand, I decided to find out who he was and what his thornless durians are all about. VIDEO INTERVIEW: […]
Fast Facts About Malaysia's Durian:
Malaysian durians are always harvested fully ripe, after being permitted to fall.
There are officially 134 varieties of durian registered with the government, numbered D1-D200, with some registered durians missing.
The most recently registered durian is D200, Black Thorn (Ocee).
The most popular durians in Malaysia are Musang King, D24, and Red Prawn.
Jimmy Loke was born in the small village of Kampung Sungai Dua. Today if you drive along the E8 Expressway on your way from Bentong to Karak, Sungai Dua is a blink of wooden shophouses facing the 4-lane highway. You may not notice the village at all. But hopefully, since you’re only 1km from Jimmy’s, […]
San Jose is a bigger city than San Francisco. On the map it sprawls along the southern side of the San Francisco Bay, a confusing network of suburbs and freeway systems. If you grow up in the USA, you hear about San Jose in the news anytime Paypal, Google, Adobe, eBay or other tech giants […]
About Bunihayu Village Although Desa Bunihayu Village is famous for durians, it is located in a District more well-known for sweet, low-acid pineapples. When you turn off the Trans-Java Tollroad and start heading up the mountain toward Bunihayu, you will suddenly find yourself in a long corridor of dangling pineapples. There are stalls filled with […]
What is a Gudang Durian? If you durian hunt on Google Maps, you may one day find yourself winding through narrow village alleyways, trying not to scrape your car against the cement walls, searching for a Gudang Durian. Gudang Durians are popular places to eat durian in Java. They sprout up all in all the […]
When national borders closed in March, 2020, we found ourselves suddenly trapped in very long and delicious Thailand Durian Season. 2020 quickly became The Year of Thailand! It was not exactly what I’d dreamed up in my 2019 Durian Goals (I didn’t mention Thailand at all 😳) But no kidding, we ended up eating Thai […]
In 2014, I became obsessed with finding the man who named the Penang Red Prawn durian. It took 3 years. Everyone seemed to know of him. “He was very famous,” durian farmers told me. “People called him the Durian King.” But know one seemed to actually know him. Where was he? “Oh, he’s still around,” […]
When a quest for birthday coffee yields a 300-year-old ancient durian tree, an abandoned communist camp, and the sweetest homestay couple (who specialize in artisanal local coffee).
Vacations come in categories. Do you like beach or adventure? Spa or jungle? But what if you like both? What if your vacation ideal is as oxymoronic as relaxing poolside, cocktail in hand, surrounded by a 25 lai durian orchard in the mountains where you might see a Horn Bill sitting on your front porch […]