Nobody likes cracking a durian open just to find an empty chamber or little meat in it. Picking the perfect durian can be tricky and difficult especially when you don’t know what to look out for! Fret not, as we got you covered. Here are 5 things you should look out for when picking the perfect one:
1. Smell of the Durian
The smell is often the first thing we catch from the fruit. To indicate its freshness and quality, it must have a strong aroma. Sniff along the lines of the durians near the stem and it should present a pleasant sweet smell.
If the fruit exudes a intense smell, it may be that the durian is overripe. However, if it is hard to pick up a smell, the durian is most likely unripe.
2. Scratch the Stem
The scratch test is one of the easiest ways to check the durian’s freshness. All you have to do is scratch the stem gently with your fingertips. If the stem unveils a leafy-green and fleshy interior – it is an indication that the durian has fallen off the trees within the last 24 hours. It the stem is dark, it means that the durian has been harvested much earlier.
3. Check the shape of the Durian
Keep an eye on the shape of the durian as it can tell a lot about the meat inside. If the durian has bulging sides, it is often an indication that the seeds are fleshy. If the sides are concave, it is likely the chamber is empty. Odd-shaped durians also does not mean that there is less meat. They usually are more aromatic and creamier as compared to perfectly-rounded durians.
4. Sound of the Durian
Durian sellers are usually seen tossing the durians and tapping it with an offset spatula. This is to check which parts of the fruits is ripe. If the fruit is ripe, it should resemble the sound of hitting a drum as the fruit is more hollow with gaps of air inside. If not, there is a high chance thar the fruit is still unripe.
5. Colour of the Durian
As there is a wide variety of durians, durians come in various colours as well. Mao Shan Wang comes in a bright yellow shade; XO and D24 have pale yellow skins; D13′s flesh is normally deep burnt orange in colour and Red Prawn is orangey-red. For certain breeds, a redder shade usually indicates more sweetness.
If the durian is too pale or white, it is a sign that it is un-developed and can be tasteless.