Photographed these durians (Durio sp.) in a farmers’ market, Sarawak. An Iban lady was selling them for RM15 per pile of 7-8 fruits. Each fruit is quite small, about the size of a large grapefruit (imagine one with sharp thorns). I put “wild” in the title with inverted commas because I didn’t ask if they’re from a farm (cultivated) or truly wild from the jungle (collected).
Though much more expensive than “regular” durians which were plentiful and cheap (going for RM10 for 4 small to medium sized fruits but seemed like nobody was buying them!), they were snapped up within an hour. The seller opened one up for one of her buyers and the flesh was red in colour. Some people really like them, they’re a relatively rare find compared to “regular” durians; the thin flesh is sweet and the taste and smell much less overwhelming (sometimes they’re without any smell).
Personally, I’m not a fan of durian (all varieties) as I don’t like the taste and can’t stand the smell (though freshly dropped fruits do smell nice, it’s when they’ve been kept longer than a day or two that they start to stink!), BUT I will make exceptions for fruits from a few select trees in my kampung. Those highly prized trees produce superb tasting durians, so delicious and first grade that even I, someone who leaves the room when a durian is opened, water in the mouth thinking about the yummy, creamy, oh-so-good fruits! :)