Having trouble choosing a good durian? Ever had experiences when the durian you ate was too watery or unripe or sour? Choosing a lousy durian can be a real mood dampener as opening each husk just confirms your poor choice of durian. Fret not though, we will provide you the ultimate guide to skill yourself in picking a good durian. Without further ado, let us start with our tips!
- Shake & Listen
Hold the durian firmly with both hands, bring it near to your ears and give it a shake. If there is a hard and loud or hollow sound, the fruit is not ripe. Most probably the flesh is dry, unripe or the seeds are too large.
If there is no noise, the fruit may be unripe or overripe. That is because an overripe durian would tend to have waterlogged flesh which make it feels heavy or it is no longer fresh.
You would want to hear a clear and crisp yet a little squishy sound, that will be the durian with the ideal ripeness where the durian flesh is soft but not watery. Having a sharp sense of hearing definitely helps here!
It’s pretty obvious that durians possess a strong odour by nature, but not everyone knows that the smell of a durian actually says a lot too.
The base of the husk is the thickest part of the fruit which makes it hard to sniff the aroma of the durian and make conclusion. Instead, sniff along the split lines of the durian in the center where the spikes run parallel. If there is no aroma or it is very faint, the durian is still unripe. If the aroma is too strong and overpowering, the durian is overripe.
The ideal aroma should neither be too faint or have an overly strong smell. You will need some experience with this!
The ideal durians usually are irregular, oval or slightly oblong in shape. These imperfect-looking shaped durians are usually the ones that are more aromatic and creamier.
A perfectly round durian may look nice and have more chambers in it but they tend to taste blender. Would you go for quantity or quality?
- The Stalk
This is the part of the durian that is most easily neglected. Take a closer look at the durian stalk/stem. A thicker durian stem indicates that the durian received a lot of nutrients from its tree, and therefore has fleshier and better pulp.
Besides the thickeness of the stem, it's important to pay attention to the colour too. The stem of durians which are older are darker in colour while stems of durians which are freshly dropped are light brown. Durians without their stem/stalk most probably have it cut off by durian sellers who intend to pass off poor quality durians which are less fresh. As a good rule of thumb, do not choose durians without their stalk.
- Check The Spikes
The colour of the spikes/thorns could tell you the ripeness of a durian. Bright green spikes indicate an unripe durian, while dry brown spikes shows an overripe one. For the perfect ripeness, look for green spikes with brown tips.
Choosing a good durian is not a simple task and we need to utilize most of our five senses to pick the ideal durian! However, with all these shared tips in mind, we hope that you will be more confident on how to pick better durians!