When I was at the Paragon Supermarket (in the basement of the shopping center), I spotted durian in the chilled fruit section, which is unusual as the smell is quite strong and most supermarkets don’t put them with most other fruit. There was a nice young man who stood by the durians as their promoter and cheerfully asked me where I was from. When I told him KL, he said “Oh, I’m also from Malaysia, JB actually!” and when I whipped out my camera to take a quick shot, he encouraged me and told me that his durians were from Genting, probably on the Pahang side.
I thought it was great packaging, prior to Chinese New Year. Firstly the bright red stripe which says “Guo Wang” as in King of Fruits in Mandarin Chinese. The yellow flesh of the durian in the background makes for a good backdrop for the red stripe and the black box which acts as a frame.
You can also see that each of the durian pellicles are neatly packaged in a disposable paper boat which separates one from another.
Best of all.. the price! Buy 2 get 1 free!
Well, I was tempted once again but resisted the urge as to eat it would have been anti-social as none of my siblings actually like durian and they hate the smell.
Come to think of it, there wasn’t much of a smell and perhaps the durian was opened and packaged prior to ripening. Not great, as durians should be eaten exactly ripe when the fruit just falls of the tree the day before. Otherwise the flesh is either too firm or too soggy. But hey, the biotechnology of durian cultivation is getting better every day. Just wish I could say that about my own experience….