26 Jul '18, 11am

Durian dash in Malaysia as bumper crop sends prices tumbling

Durian dash in Malaysia as bumper crop sends prices tumbling

Workers divide and weigh durians at a farm in Karak, outside Kuala Lumpur in the nearby Pahang state. Image: Mohd Rasfan / AFP Malaysians are dashing to durian stalls across the country to munch on the pungent, spiky fruit after a long spell of unusually warm weather led to a bumper crop and sent prices tumbling. The fruit is highly divisive, with detractors describing it as smelling of gym socks and onions while enthusiasts liken its creamy texture and intense aroma to blue cheese. People head to street-side stalls during the durian harvest every year in parts of Southeast Asia to munch on the thorny delicacy, with prices for the most sought-after varieties soaring in recent times. ADVERTISEMENT But this year a combination of unusually hot weather and heavy rainfall resulted in a long durian season, and produced an oversupply that has pushed down prices and prompted fans ...

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