13 Jun '17, 3pm

Durian harvest not optimistic this year, expect prices higher than usual; 5 common types of durians

Smell the durians. Sniff along the split lines of the durians for that heavenly scent. If there is no aroma, chances are the durian is unripe. If the smell is strong, it is ripe. However, if the aroma is too strong, it probably is over-ripe. The right shape. Look for the ones either oval or slightly oblong in shape. Shake the baby. The shake and listen method is one of the easiest ways to tell if a durian is ripe. Hold it to your ear and shake it. If you hear a slight knock, it is just right because the flesh is soft which allows the seeds to bang the inside of the shell. No knock probably means it’s over-ripe. Shaky, loose sounding knocks means it is unripe. Check for holes on the shells. It could have been attacked by parasites. Eat on the spot . As best as possible, avoid buying pre-packed durian. Unless of course, you get the sellers to pack the fruit in takeaway boxes...

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