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Celebrating Davao's King of Fruits - Durian! Sep 11, 2016

Celebrating Davao's King of Fruits - Durian!

GPS waypoint: 7°04'26.5"N 125°37'30.0"E
Location: Magsaysay Fruit Vendors, Davao City, Philippines

If durian were a car, it would be no other than a Lamborghini - the most exotic production car that ever rolled off an assembly line! It's not for the faint of heart. Because of its pungent smell, it is banned in hotels, restaurants and flight hand-carrys. But for the durian lovers, it's an aromatic fragrance you may actually use as body spray if there ever was one. Yes, you can't stay in the middle with durian - love it or hate it.

Early Singapore Departure
My 2 reasons for coming back to Davao was to renew my passport and to indulge myself in my 1 kilo/day durian fix (plus or minus). When I was in Penang (Malaysia), I craved their top-of-the-line Munsang King durian. But at US$13/kilo (whole fruit), it was beyond my reach. All I could do was to salivate and leave the country wondering how it tastes like. I was frustrated to say the least. I vowed to have my durian revenge. With the durian season in full swing in Davao, it was a timely opportunity I could not refuse. I could have stayed longer in Singapore, but the spectre of arriving too late in Davao for its durian season was unacceptable. Despite standing hotel credits and increased ease, I left Singapore for my beloved Davao.

Celebrating Davao's King of Fruits - Durian!
in my elements devouring a full kilo of durian...sometimes 2!

Price Range
I savored all varieties. The price difference between the cheapest native variety (P40/k | US$0.87/k) to its Premium Puyat (P60/k | US$/1.30k) is manageable. In Penang, the price disparity between the cheapest and the dearest is a continental-divide - US$5 to US$13! Sure, I've tasted the lesser kind, but not the King!

A Woman Analogy
Durian varieties, like a woman, offer a wide range of sensory experience. Cob's meaty and creamy flesh is succulent. Puyat's sweet taste, small seed and more meat is generous and giving - almost to a fault. Arancillo's bitter sweet offering is a forbidden but tempestuous affair. The native variety's big seed, thin flesh but intense flavor is a measured indulgence, a woman telling me, "I'll let you bother me once a week". Yes, they are all magnificent and like a woman, they are infinitely fascinating.

Ending Thoughts
Durian can come across any way you like it - as an exotic Lamborghini, an infinitely fascinating woman or a fragrant body spray (I'm not sure about durian breath though...LOL!). To those who hate it, thank you - less competition on the table. After the season, I'll be a traveler without a sense of bearing - where on God's green earth do I go for my durian fix? It doesn't matter where the wind blows me knowing fully well I've exhausted my durian possiblities in Davao while the glorious season lasted.

--- TheLoneRider

at Magsaysay Park for the best and most expensive durian in Davao at P60/kilo (US$1.30) street durian by the University of Mindanao at Abreeza's durian festival better-than-sex durian face
sidewalk durian at a cheap P30/kilo (US$0.65), but the weighing scale is usually a cheat! my PRECIOUS !!! my naughty durian look another street corner, another kilo of durian to devour

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(Sep. 13, 2016) Haha! Durian all you want!

Janjira TeabchaipanJanjira Teabchaipan
(Sep. 13, 2016) Are you like durian??? It's my love

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Great Things Going for Davao City

  • one of the cleanest potable water in the country
  • smoking is banned from commercial establishments
  • pineapple samurais are endemic here and nowhere else in the country (pineapple vendors who cut-up whole pineapples into chunks with just a few strokes of their carving knives)
  • public utility drivers conspicuously display their IDs
  • durian Mecca of the Philippines (not to mention Marang, Mangosteen and Sweet Pomelo)
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Not So Great Things Going Against Davao City

  • the weighing scale of fruit vendors specially the durian push cart vendors are a blatant cheat - showing almost twice the actual weight

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