We’re now in the durian season – a tropical fruit with an unusual flavour that you either love or hate with
Durians come in a variety of flavours from bittersweet to creamy rich flavours. Although different types of breeds have different flavours, most people prefer to taste one predominant flavour.
For those who aren’t familiar, maybe you’re probably aware of 3 types of durian: Mao Shan Wang durian, XO durian or D24 durian.
Before you read this post, please leave comment what type of durian you know or which type of durian you tasted before. There are about hundred types of durians, the most famous being the ones grown in Malaysia and Thailand.
If you want to know more about the various types of durians that you can find in Singapore this season, here is a list of 16 different types of durian you need to know about and maybe you can find in Singapore this season so you can choose a durian that fits your taste buds.
The Mao Shan Wang durian, bright yellow durian is also known as Cat Mountain King, Butter durian and Rajah Kunyit.
Mao Shan Wang durians come from Kelantan, Pahang and Johor Malaysia.
The Mao Shan Wang durian is probably the most popular type of durian in Singapore because of bitter, sweet and creamy at the same time. The first taste of a durian fruit is bitter, but the sweet taste that comes afterward more than makes up for it
The XO durian, pale yellow durian, comes from Genting or Cameron Highlands or Johor.
If you prefer bitter with slight alcoholic taste, the XO durian is right up your alley. Its flesh is thick, soft and creamy that melts in your mouth.
The D24 durian, pale yellow durian, is also known as Sultan.
D24 durian comes from Pahang, Johor, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia.
Before the Mao Shan Wang became popular, the most famous durian in the ’90s was the D24.
D24 has a slight bitter taste, creamy texture melts in your mouth.
D1 durian, pale yellow durian, is known as Gang Hai and comes from Johor, Malaysia.
It has small seeds with milky taste. The flesh comes off the seeds with a slightly crunchy on the surface.
The Golden Phoenix durian, pale yellow-white durian is also known as Jin Feng.
Golden Phoenix durian, comes from Pahang and Johor Malaysia, has a bitter taste with a more watery texture.
It has a smaller seed than other durians, but has a surprisingly strong complex pungent smell. For a small seed, the sweetness of the flesh is quite worth it!
The D13 durian comes from Segamat, Johor, Malaysia, has large seeds and is good for person who is first time to try durians.
With its deep burnt orange in color, It is easily liked by many people.
D13 Durian is a delicious, sweet and fragrant treat, perfect for those with less pungent taste buds.
D101 durian, orange durian, comes from Pahang, Johor, Malaysia.
D101 durian is slightly creamy, sweet and easy on the palate so it is popular among durian lovers.
Red Prawn durian, orangey-red durian, is known as Hong Xia or Ang Hay.
It comes from Pahang, Johor, Malaysia, has an intense sweet flavour. It is great for first-timers and durian lovers.
Green Bamboo durian, a slight greenish tinge pale yellow durian, is known as Qing Zhu or Tekka.
It comes from Johor, Malaysia, has a sweet creamy taste with fibrous flesh. If you get to try the Green Bamboo durian, it will be like experiencing a unique kind of taste.
The flavour of durian is distinctive and reminds you of good old days.
If you want to try something different, the Green Bamboo durian is not to be missed.
Black Gold durian, comes from Pahang, Malaysia.
This durian is a grade higher than that of the popular Mao Shan Wang.
In the flesh of a Black Gold durian, there are dark greyish undertones.
Black Gold Durian has a buttery, smooth texture, bitter aftertaste.
It’s a good experience to try it.
Black Pearl durian, very pale yellow and greyish durian, is known as Hei Zhen Zhu.
It comes from Johor, Malaysia, has small seeds with slight bitter, creamy and smooth taste.
If you prefer a less rich and surfeiting taste, Black Pearl durian is perfect for you.
Black Thorn durian, bright yellow durian, comes from Penang, Malaysia, has a custardy flesh.
It has a sweet creamy taste with a slight bitterness.
This Black Thorn Durian is also definitely worth a try, if you can get your hands on it.
Gang Hai was a famous durian in the past from Segamat, Malaysia before D24, XO and Mao Shan Wang became popular.
People who like the taste of Gang Hai Durian don’t actually go for thick flesh with creamy and sweet taste. The pale yellow and milky flesh of the Gang Hai with a slight bitterness is dry and pastey so you have to chew it.
D17, dull yellow durian, has an elongated shape with large thorn.
It ripens quickly, so the D17 durian is often quite wet by the time it gets shipped to Singapore. This is why this durian is not widely cultivated and sellers seldomly sell it in Singapore.
The D17 durian has a soft smooth pale flesh with a bitter taste. They go for its unique bitterness, which is similar to that of coffee, thus giving it its popular nickname as “coffee durian” in Penang, Malaysia. After its flesh is dry, it lack of the bitterness.
Hor Lor Durian comes from Penang, Malaysia. An elongated shape is one of the characteristics of an Hor Lor Durian.
It has mild sweet flavours with less pungent. This is another option for people who would prefer a less overwhelming flavour.
MonThong Durian comes from Thailand known as Golden Pillow in Thai. It is probably the most popular kind of durian in Thailand
The bright yellow flesh of the fruit is very meaty with least pungent, mild sweet taste.
After going through the list of 16 types of durian, which type of durian you think it is your favourite.one?
It’s not enough that you discover your favourite taste of durian. Secondly, it’s equally important to seek out high quality sellers of durians in Singapore. Here’s a guide where you can get the freshest durian in Singapore, make a durian order online and deliver it to your doorstep.
Because there are different varieties of durian, it is important to know which flavour of durian you prefer, so that you can buy your favourite durians from the seller.
The price of the different varieties of durian fluctuates depending on the demand and supply.
On the average, the price of Mao Shan Wang durians is between $16-$27 per kilogram. The price of D24 durians is between $11 to $18 per kg. The price of Red Prawn durians is between $9 to $11 per kg.
Please check out price details on different durian varieties from different online durian stores.
Here's a guide that recommends the vendors for best quality durians in Singapore so that you can order your durians online and deliver it to your doorstep.
Here’s a simple-step guide how to choose a durian in Singapore before you make a durian order.