Top 5 Most Popular Durian Types in Singapore

All photos courtesy of Straits Times

  1. Mao Shan Wang
    Aka: Musang King, Butter Durian

    Place of Origin: Pahang, Kelatan and Johor
    Shape: Round or oblong
    Seed Size: Usually flat
    Colour: Bright Yellow
    Taste: Creamy, Bittersweet, Strong smell

    Mao Shan Wang is one of the most popular types of durian and known as the ‘crème de la crème’ of durians. It is said to be the richest and best-tasting durian to ever be bred. It is often more expensive as it is a premium tier durian. To identify a Mao Shan Wang, look at the fruit’s bottom and find the distinctive star shape.
  1. D24
    Aka: Sultan

    Place of Origin: Pahang, Johor and Cameron Highlands
    Shape: Round or oblong
    Seed Size: Large
    Colour: Pale Yellow
    Taste: Creamy and Bitter

    This was the most famous breed of durian in the 1990s. It has a pale yellow flesh and the thorns are often clustered together on its greenish-yellow shell. They are known for their creamy texture with a distinctive bitter-sweet taste.
  1. XO

    Place of Origin: Johor, Genting and Cameron Highlands
    Shape: Round or oblong or even starfruit-shaped
    Seed Size: Various seed sizes
    Colour: Pale Yellow
    Taste: Intense, Bitter, Alcohol taste

    The XO durian is bitter with its famed alcohol taste. Its taste is cultivated
    through an extended period of fermentation inside its shell. It is usually
    smaller and the husk has a brownish-green colour. The flesh is watery thick and has a very pale yellow colour.
  1. Golden Phoenix
    Aka: Jin Feng

    Place of Origin: Pahang, Johor and Cameron Highlands
    Shape: Rounded
    Seed Size: Small seeds
    Colour: Pale Yellowish-White
    Taste: Creamy, Subtle bittersweet aftertaste

    The Golden Phoenix is a pale-coloured durian with very soft and wet flesh. It is smaller in size which makes it more affordable than the Mao Shan Wang as well. The taste is usually sweet, bitter, creamy and slightly less pungent as compared to Mao Shan Wang.
  1. Red Prawn
    Aka: Hong Xia

    Place of Origin: Pahang, Kelatan and Johor
    Shape: Round or oblong
    Seed Size: Big seeds
    Colour: Orangey-red
    Taste: Sticky and sweet

    The Red Prawn durian is perfect for those with a sweet tooth. The texture is creamy and has a very fruity sweet taste. The shells are thick and hard to open and has a dusky brown colour. The colour of the flesh is very different as it usually has an orange to red hue which makes it so distinctive.