More fun than a (wheel)barrow of monkeys!

Lindsay HB Durians

I had so much fun today. I met up with Lindsay (of yearofthedurian.com fame) and we went to two organic durians orchards, where we ate a lot of durians. I even tried a new one today – the D144 Durian (a hybrid of D2 and D24). I have 10 (!!!) durians (mixture of D24 and D88) and 1 cempedak in the boot of my car, courtesy of the kind people at the durian orchards. Lindsay is flying back to Oregon at 2 am so the fruits all went to me. smirk

Funny story: I was in Penang with my better half over the weekend and went to eat some durians. There was a couple who walked past me while I was sitting there enjoying my Susu Durian and I overheard them talking loudly in Hokkien about an ang mo (Caucasian) who knows a lot about durians and blogs about it while they were inspecting the stall. Haha.

Lindsay HB BFM

I just came back from sending her to the airport – it’s been quite a long day, I picked her up at 9 am. It was a blast and although we couldn’t visit the third durian orchard that we planned to go to due to time constraints, I actually learned more than a few things about durians today. I also found out that the Bentong/Karak area has a lot of durian stalls by the roadside, all fully stocked in the morning (since the orchards are nearby).

I’ll write more tomorrow, I have to finish some work. We were also on BFM 89.9 just now (the segment isn’t live and wouldn’t be aired yet) to talk about durians. Thanks for organizing everything Lindsay, and for the wheelbarrow lift. :)

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14 thoughts on “More fun than a (wheel)barrow of monkeys!

  1. I am excited to hear this new D144! Would it be better than mustang king?
    In case you don’t know, Raub has the best private plantations as claimed by Stanley Ho who used to send his private jet to collect all the best mustang kings to be air flown to Macau. He shares his loot with Li Ka Shing annually. It was reported in the Star too.

    • D144 is a hybrid of D2 and D24. :)

      It tastes just like what I would expect a cross between the two to taste like, although there are other D2 x D24 hybrids which came out different. It’s not better or worse than Musang King, it’s just different. I think some D2 durians can be better than Musang King if you want a more fibrous durian.

      Yup, I’ve heard of his durian purchases, Pahang Musang Kings are older (40+ years) than Penang Musang Kings (20 years) so it tastes better.

  2. Wah, durians again! Syiok lah you.. Eh, by the way, when the durian season will be over ahh? I love cempedak, and I always buy fried cempedak if I see them at the roadside.. The smell, ooooo, heaven !!

    • Yeah, I love durians! :)

      I now eat it almost every day. Haha! Yeah, durian season will soon be over but there will be another “shoulder” season which is shorter at the end of the year. Meanwhile, durian season in Sarawak and Sabah is just starting, read that durians were going for RM 0.70/kg in Kota Kinabalu! You can buy 100 kg for just RM 70 (price of a Musang King) or 1 ton for just RM 700!

  3. Fuiyo…bestnya. Visiting durian orchard some more. Please please come up in your blog with a list of durian orchard that is open for public visit . So far I only saw in FB groups organise visit to durian orchards of their relatives. Not much info on which durian orchards that is open for visit by public.

    • There are a surprising number of durian orchards open to the public! :)

      I didn’t know before I met Lindsay too. I’ll come up with a list, need to ask her about the others too. I saw one of the durian shops organize a trip for RM 100 per pax and wanted to go (it was a 1/2 day trip) but was glad I didn’t coz it was quite commercialized compared to the trip you can make yourself. Karak Organic Durian Farm is open to public and they charge a very reasonable fee – only RM 30 and you can eat their D24, D144 and Musang King:

      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karak-Organic-Durian-Farm/173037849428045

  4. Nice play with the phrase, a barrel of monkeys! Wow!!! An ang moh who knows a lot about durians! Impressive! Many would not touch the fruit with a 10-foot pole.

    • Yeah, she knows more than any local I know! :)

      That’s why I like to pick her brain, she’s also eaten more types of durians than many locals. That’s dedication! I was quite impressed that she knows so much about fruits in general, it was a great learning experience, visiting orchards with Lindsay.

  5. great. the durian adventure. interesting haha. you will be durian master soon, no durian seller gonna dare cheat you by selling the cheap durians for a higher grade and price!

    • Haha! I don’t think so, it’ll take a long time for me to learn everything! :)

      I’m also apt to forget, so I think my speciality is already set, which is pharmaceuticals and substances with potential for abuse, for which I have a near encyclopaedic memory and experience to call from.

      Durian sellers will always attempt to cheat, at least the unsavory ones anyway, I avoid those shops and go to the honest ones. There’s one I highly recommend in SS6, nice people, generous too.

    • Yeah, it’s quite amazing eh? :)

      I would have thought it’ll be a researcher but she knows so much more than any University Pertanian researcher, for practical purposes anyway, and she’s travelled all around the region for durians. She even has a book about Thailand and their durians.

  6. Hi Huai Bin! Thanks for the great adventure :) I just got into LA last night – no durians here! The folks at Karak Durian Orchard wanted me to pass on that their farm is currently the only licensed organic durian farm in that region of Malaysia. The other one is no-spray but not licensed organic (SOM).

    • Thank you for the wonderful adventure Lindsay! :)

      The pleasure is all mine – it was a great learning experience and I really enjoyed eating all those durians and getting to know you. You know so much about durians it’s amazing.

      Cheers for the info! I’ll remember that. Yeah, I remember them saying they’re the only certified/licensed organic farm in that area.

      Take care and see you next year!

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