I was trawling the SS2 durian spots the other day, asking around for something a little different. I wanted to sample something other than the usual Musang King/D24/XO/D101 etc. The usual suspects, in other words.
One seller told me about durian jantung. I asked around a few shops in the area – some of them carry it, some doesn’t. It would seem that “durian jantung” literally means “heart shaped durian”. Not heart as in <3 – heart as in the organ in your body that’s prone to cardiac arrests.
What no one could tell me is whether this is a genuine species (it doesn’t have a D-X classification, but neither does multiple other good durians) or just a type (e.g. shape) of durian.
Durian jantung is a really interesting durian – I was quoted RM 12 / kg which is a little on the high side of things. I bargained down to RM 10 / kg and that was the minimum price they’ll let it go…and with good reason.
It doesn’t look like much. I bought a 1.6 kg heart shaped durian that when opened produced only two (2) seeds!
I was surprised. That works out to RM 8 per seed!
I was told that durian jantung usually only has 2 seeds due to the unusual shape, but those are huge seeds and I wasn’t disappointed.
Imagine a piece of durian the size of:
- A hand grenade
- A large lemon
- A mouse (the large old office ones with exactly the same size and mass)
- An adult human fist
…and now imagine it FULL OF DURIAN FLESH!
There’s only a tiny seed inside.
…and after a whole lotta durian, ends with small seed
It’s maybe 1/30 the size of the flesh. It’s absolute value for money, RM 8 buys you a gigantic fist sized hunk of light fibrous, sweet to slightly bitter-sweet, semi-alcoholic, and slightly wet durian flesh.
Durian jantung is my new favorite durian.
I paid RM 16 for the entire 1.6 kg durian which produced just 2 seeds but the flesh is equal to many other popular strains and it tastes fabulous!