Madayaw. Welcome to Davao!
There’s a mystery to the deep ravines and craggy mountain valleys of Davao, hung with mist and so verdantly green the color remains imprinted on your eyelids whenever you blink.
Here is one of the most ethnically diverse places you’ll ever visit; the home of 11 indigenous tribes, the remnants of an Islamic empire settled in the 16th century by Spanish colonizers, and heavily influenced by 19th century American businessmen.
It’s a place that has struggled with communist guerilla warfare and has only recently found peace through the politically controversial policies of the Duterte family.
It’s a place dominated by small fruit farmers trying to find their own way amidst the stretches of commercial plantations owned by Dole and Del Monte.
And it’s here; in this unique geography beneath the peaks of Mt. Tipolog , Mt. Talomo and Mt. Apo, that you will find durian that’s flavor belongs totally and fully to the people of the Philippines.
This is definitely a more bitter box for durian-lovers that love some intensity to their durians, as well as those who love super-fleshy durian that gives you an abundant bite.
We are pleased to introduce these Philippine durian varieties to durian lovers of Australia 🇦🇺.
This Durian Box includes *three* varieties from Davao, Philippines
These are 400g packets, each 100g bigger than in our 2019 Philippines box for a total of 300g more!
- Arancillo: Sticky and milky-white, Arancillo has a lovely caramelized sugar and a slight alcoholic bitterness, like vanilla ice cream doused in kahlua & rum.
- Duyaya: The most “bitter” of the four, this robust and buttery durian has hints of whiskey.
- Puyat: The Philippines classic, this very fleshy durian is sweet and buttery with an intense metallic
- *Complimentary 100g sample of Marang OR Lanzones*
- *Complimentary 100g sample of Tableya (100% cacao)*
- Tasting Instructions and recommended order to eat them
- Video Farm Tours by licensed local tour guides to take you on a virtual Durian Tour through the farms
- Written Recipe and Video Instructions for making Tsikwate with the Tableya
- More educational materials
This is a Mail Order Durian package – you can buy durian online and it ships anywhere in Sydney, Perth & Brisbane.
The Milky, The Bitter, The Bubbly
Philippine Durian is a bit in your face – in a good way.
This durian is richer, more pungent, and definitely fleshier than durian from other regions. Each piece is a hefty, abundant bite.
Although we’ve tried to select durian varieties to represent the full range of durian flavors – from sweeter and fruitier, to more like cookie dough, to fizzy berry liqueur — you’ll notice that the durians in this box have a more classic “duriany” aroma than from other regions.
Those of you who love strong, very creamy durian should love this box. It’s a good choice for you Bitter-Buyers too.
Those of you who love very mild, very sweet, delicate, rosé or fruity durians – perhaps this is not the Durian Box for you. Hang on, we’ll have those flavors in season later.
About the Extras
This is a Durian-Tour-In-A-Box; intended to bring you a mini at-home experience of our Davao Durian Tour.
Our tours are totally Durian Centric, but we find so many other cool fruits along the way that we felt this Davao Durian Box would not be complete without the essentials: Marang, Lanzones, and Chocolate.
Tableya is a traditional 100% chocolate drink that we love to indulge in every morning on tour and often on the farms too during snack breaks. The Tableya in your box was grown directly under the Duyaya trees on the Belviz Farm and is intended as a cozy palette-cleanser between durian rounds.
And no trip to Philippines would be complete without Marang, the ultra-soft, slippery, powdered-sugar vanilla and gasoline cousin of Jackfruit, or the gummy, finger-staining, grapefruit-like lanzones!
The extra packet of marang and lanzones is included at random, so you don’t know which one you’re gonna get!
But if you would like to order just these fruits or add extra packets to stuff your Philippines Durian Box full of fruit goodies, please contact [email protected]
About Durian From Davao, Philippines
Davao has a lot of durian. During the season, it’s abundant. It’s everywhere.
But farmers have struggled to capitalize on the potential of their durians due to the ruggedness of the terrain and the generally bad infrastructure.
Many of the farmers we worked with on this project did not have access to cell reception or internet data at home; making coordinating durian drop-offs and pick-ups particularly difficult.
Much of the durian in the Philippines is sold at low prices, or discarded as unsellable.
We are happy to be participating in the revolution of the durian industry happening in Davao. With the help of Larry Miculob, who started exporting durian in 2015, we were pleased to facilitate the first export of durian from the Philippines to the United States in 2019, and this 2021 the first export to Australia.
We believe in the future potential of Philippines durians to compete with the Durian giants like Musang King and Monthong, and in the community cooperatives of the Philippines to create an export model that is sustainable for the environment, for small farmers, and for biodiversity.
And we hope after this box, when you know your favorite Filipino durian varieties, you’ll be a believer too.
Thanks for participating!.
*Meet the Philippine Durian Farmers*
*No Styrofoam Packaging*
To get these durians to you still cold, we need sturdy insulation.
We have decided to stick with a polyurethane insulation covered with thermal reflecting material.
Polyurethane is very durable, so please do us the favor of re-using this great insulation. You can keep it in the box and re-use the box + insulation as a cooler when you go the farmers market.
If you don’t wish to keep the insulation, please take it to your nearest recycling center.
We are sorry about using non-bio-degradable packaging, and a little bit annoyed with ourselves, so we will keep searching for better solutions.
Want to order Philippine Durian in bulk?
Please inquire by sending a message to [email protected]
This is a special situation. As we are only doing ONE shipment throughout Australia, after which we will be sold out, we cannot replace or reimburse boxes that are damaged in shipment.
However, we will give credit on our website for either future durian boxes or future durian tours in the following situations:
- Improper handling by the local courier
- Anything that is our mistake is on us
- Quality issues with the durians
What we may not cover:
- If you change your address mid-shipment or pick-up location mid-shipment, and the box is delayed as a result.
- You will receive a notification the night before delivery with a 2-hour window in which your durian will be delivered. You are responsible for being home at the time of delivery. If the durian thaws due to sitting on your doorstep for hours, we will not give credit.
To claim a refund/replacement, please notify us within *24 hours* of receiving your box with Photos.
- Please notify us by May 11 if you would like to cancel or change your order.
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