Tips on Selecting Red-Fruit Durian

Recent days have seen a craze for durians with a unique taste, possessing both fresh red segments and attractive golden flesh, prompting many to marvel at the full, round, fragrant segments.

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Normally, durian has a hard shell with green color, long thorns with deep or light yellow lobes, sweet taste, attractive aroma. So when the red-fleshed durian appears, it attracts a lot of attention.

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1 What is red-fleshed durian?

Red-fleshed durian has attracted a lot of attention
Red-fleshed durian has attracted a lot of attention

Characteristics of red-fleshed durian

This type of red-fleshed durian is called Durian Sukang, or Tenom Beauty. It is a specialty fruit of Sabah state in Malaysia.

Specifically, when visiting Sabah, if you want to buy red-fleshed durian, you can go to the central market of Kota Kinabalu where many stands sell red-fleshed durian. To choose good durian, you need to know .

Red-fleshed durian is a specialty of Sabah state in Malaysia
Red-fleshed durian is a specialty of Sabah state in Malaysia

Why is it called red-fleshed durian?

Unlike yellow-fleshed durian, red-fleshed durian is much smaller in size, only as big as an adult’s palm, with bright yellow or distinctive green color shells.

Red-fleshed durian is about the size of an adult's palm
Red-fleshed durian is about the size of an adult’s palm

2 Is red-fleshed durian delicious?

Not only does red-fleshed durian have a strange appearance, but it also has a quite special taste. If yellow-fleshed durian has a sweet, rich taste, then the taste of red-fleshed durian is somewhat “stronger”. According to the comments of many tourists who have had the chance to taste it, red-fleshed durian has a taste similar to dense dark chocolate mixed with creamy and rich taste of butter.

However, some people feel that red-fleshed durian has a taste like wine. Therefore, there have been warnings that if you eat too much, you may get intoxicated by durian without noticing it.

Red-fleshed durian has a taste like dense dark chocolate mixed with wine
Red-fleshed durian has a taste like dense dark chocolate mixed with wine

Distinctive features of red-fleshed durian

Distinctive features of red-fleshed durian
Distinctive features of red-fleshed durian

Although it is small in size, red-fleshed durian has a large number of lobes. It usually cracks the shell early when ripe, so you can easily admire the red durian lobes, full and juicy behind the spiny shell.

Red-fleshed durian has a bit chewy and firm flesh, so the lobes will not become soft, watery, or have an unpleasant smell even if left for a long time.

4 How much does red-fleshed durian cost? Where to buy?

Currently, there is no store in Vietnam that sells this hot red-fleshed durian. In fact, even in the center of big cities in Malaysia, it is quite difficult to find this type of fruit.

The price of this red-fleshed durian ranges from 15 – 35 RM (about 86,000 – 200,000 VND) for 1kg of durian depending on the size and quality. With this price, you can enjoy this unique and delicious fruit.

The price of this red-fleshed durian ranges from 15 - 35 RM (about 86,000 - 200,000 VND) for 1kg of durian
The price of this red-fleshed durian ranges from 15 – 35 RM (about 86,000 – 200,000 VND) for 1kg of durian

Not only yellow-fleshed durian and red-fleshed durian, this “fruit country” also has over 10 different types of durian. With reasonable prices, when you come to Sabah, Malaysia, you can freely enjoy these incredibly attractive fruits.

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