06 Oct '12, 1am
Fruit-heavy #durian tree branch supported by bamboo poles - #travel #vietnam #agriculture #fruit
Durian is the fruit of a tree belonging to the Durio genus in the Malvaceae family. Native to the island of Borneo , it is cultivated in tropical areas with a mean daily temperature above 22 °C. Its name comes from the Malay duri , meaning "thorn". Thailand is the leading producer, followed by Malaysia and Indonesia. Chantaburi hosts the annual World Durian Festival . Depending on the species, durian trees can reach a height of 50 metres. They have one or two flowering periods per year, depending on cultivar, species, and location. The fruit matures three months after pollination. A typical tree will begin bearing fruit after four or five years. Of the 30 known species of Durio , nine produce edible fruit. The flesh constitutes 15-30% of the mass of the entire fruit, which can grow up to 30 centimetres in length and weigh as much as three kilograms. This is why people refr...