Regarded by many people in southeast Asia as the "king of fruits", durian is distinctive for its large size, strong odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. Photo Bernama
Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale yellow to red, depending on the species. The edible flesh emits a distinctive odour that is strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people regard the durian as having a pleasantly sweet fragrance; others find the aroma overpowering and revolting, in other words, the stinkiest smell! Photo AFP
The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb). In Malaysia, we have a season called "durian runtuh" or the literal translation means falling durians. It's a malay proverb that means you obtain unexpected income aka free money out of the blues. Photo Bernama
There are many types of durians. And several of them are well-known; such as (from top-left) D2, D24, D101 and the special premium grades are (from bottom left) Cheesy Durian a.k.a Cat Moutain King;which is a top breed and most sought-after Durian in the world; Bamboo Leg (Thraka)and Red Prawn. Photo DurianMalaysia
The red durian tree is one of the four wild durian species found in FRIM. The red durian is bright red in colour, and the flesh is much more tender and dry compared to normal durians. The red durian is also not strong smelling, and easily cracks, on the tree itself. Photo Bernama
Although some would say durian are the smelliest and a challenge food to eat but here in Malaysia, durian are the yummiest all-time-favorite fruit. You can find a lot of stalls or places that sells durians at the cheapest price and eat as many as you want! Photo Mark Wiens
Besides eating on its own, durian are also available in food form! This picture is one of the famous in-trend food made from durian called Durian crepe. They are currently the most fast-selling products in Malaysia. Durian lovers would definitely love these.
There are a lot of other food you can find from durian such as durian ice-cream, durian popsicle, durian cake, and "bubur durian". Believe it, they're all tastes delicious!
Dodol is a sweet toffee-like confection, not only popular in Malaysia but also in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Burma. It is made with coconut milk, jaggery, and rice flour, and is sticky, thick and sweet. You can find dodol is commonly served during festivals such as Eid ul-Fitr and Eid al-Adha as sweet treats for children.