often called the "king of fruits" by those who love it. It has a
smell that can be "over-powering" to those newly introduced to it. A
good durian is sweet and has the texture of smooth, rich custard and
neither watery nor hard to touch.
The most forbidding aspect of this fruit is its spiky skin. Roughly
the size of a soccer ball, heavy for its size, and coming to a point
at one end, the skin of the durian is thick, covered in sharp,
sturdy spines of dull green. A fruit is ripe and ready to eat when
it splits along its 'seamline'.
Inside, the fruit is divided into sections and within the smooth
white walls of each section are three or four large, glossy,
cream-beige seeds, each one enclosed in a custard-like covering
which can be pale cream to bright yellow in colour (depending on the
variety of durian rather than its stage of ripeness). The texture of
the flesh that encases the large seeds is dense and creamy.
Durian is a seasonal fruit. In Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore,
the season for durians is typically from June to August.