First proper Mao Shan Wang this August 2016

Hooray!!! Oh how I’ve missed eating good durian.

After what seemed to be an eternal time waiting for the right time to purchase a good Mao Shan Wang durian, we finally took the plunge last Sunday. 

I’ve been scoping out the market daily and the supermarkets too. City Super sells the pricier stuff (labelled Cat Mountain King) for between 400-900 HKD per fruit (smaller cheaper ones weigh around 1.3Kg), that started about two weeks ago. 

August 1st, Causeway Bay City Super. Durians on sale


When Malaysian durians finally hit the shelves at the Taste supermarket, it was a clear indication that the season had really begun. 

August 12th, durian on sale at Taste


The packets in the supermarket are nothing great though, often slightly too ripe and already a little molested in the packaging stages. 

In the Wan Chai indoor fresh fruit market, the stall blaring pop hits (on your left as you enter the doors from Queens Road East) had two on display in their refrigerated shelf. 

“The smaller one is 390, the larger one 500” came the response to my inquiry. We decided to take the larger one hoping to satisfy the cravings of three people. Mind you, large isn’t very large, the durian weighed less than 2.3 Kg for sure. 

Here we go….


I asked the fruit sellers to cut the durian for me for easy opening, we wanted to take it with its shell on to avoid damage and keep the aromas in. 


The durian flesh was a delightfully bright yet rich yellow, reminds me of the intense shade of sunflower petals. The whiff I had confirmed that it was worth paying for. 


As we opened the entire durian fruit, I was pleased to see that there were no signs of dry edges or fruit that was also too wet. It was a durian in more or less perfect condition. 


There were some stringy textures but that’s quite normal. Overall the flesh was smooth and silky though there were some interesting taste variations from pellicle to pellicle… One particular pellicle was a bit more bitter than the others… But not in a bad way.


I was also pleased to see that the flesh was well filled out in the pellicle and that every segment was equally inviting. No disappointments on fruit opening. 


The misshapened seeds characteristic of the Mao Shan Wang were larger than I had hoped  but that’s not something that I can complain about. 
FYI, also in season at City Super are the insanely large and inordinately expensive watermelons… Which also come in cube shapes!

3 thoughts on “First proper Mao Shan Wang this August 2016

  1. Thank you for sharing so much information about Durian. Do you ever send Durian seeds to people? I have my heart set on growing Durian, and I’d Love to buy or trade for Mao Shan Wang. I’d also appreciate your input on how I am planning to grow Durian and other temperature sensitive trees in Arizona USA: I’m digging 10′ deep by 10′ wide 100′ long trenches, to help trap moisture. I’ll be covering the trenches with hoop houses during freezes. It’s thirty days until I can start digging on the new property; so I’d love any input before I get started.
    Thanks😀

    • Hi there! Digging trenches sounds like hard work but I guess it’ll pay off if you can get a decent crop later on. Arizona is very hot and exposed? I recall a trip I took to Tucson… it was absolutely boiling during the day. You’re going to need some shade for the plants when they’re young or the leaves and stems will wither and burn. Durian is a tropical tree typically found in rainforest environments.. you might try to mimic that.
      I’ve sent durian seeds to the US before but they’ve not made it intact. Somehow the postal service manages to destroy them upon entering the US.
      I think the best way to get your seedlings is to purchase them from Hawaii or other growers in the country. Alternatively if you can classify it as research for your project, come to Malaysia to see how it’s grown and bring the best seeds back yourself (or get Lindsay Gasik to bring some back for you).
      🙂 S1

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