What are Thai Durians?
When we talk about Thai Durians, we are referring to the varieties of durians that come from Thailand. There are many, many different types of durians from Thailand (As many as 234) That even we do not know much about.
The most common variety of Thai Durian sold in Singapore would be the Chanee Durian. It’s the closest in taste to Malaysian durians, which is why it’s been so widely sold.
Why are there so many Thai Durians around recently?
The season for Chanee and other popular types of Thai Durians comes around Late March and April. This coincides with the end of the Malaysian durian season so many durian sellers turn to selling Thai Durians to pass the time. In our image above, it’s an unamed durian vendor in Singapore having rack after rack of Thai Durians.
Many of these durian vendors will still continue to sell these Thai Durians as premium durians like Mao Shan Wang, Old Tree Mao Shan Wang, D13 and the likes. However, they are used to cheat tourists and customers who aren’t able to tell the difference. These Thai Durians can go up to $40-50/kg at Geylang, and many foreigners would not be able to tell the difference.
How Do You tell Thai Durians from Malaysian Durians?
To the casual durian eater, it’s usually quite difficult to tell Thai Durians from Malaysian Durians. However, take note of the shape of the shell. Thai durians are usually very big in size, and they have a uniform, tortoise-shell like shape. You can refer to the picture above. They will also not have the star pattern at the bottom of Mao Shan Wang.
When you see big shells of the same kind stacking the racks and they are sold as Mao shan Wang, Old tree Mao Shan Wang, Black Thorn and other types, while looking the same, then you know that these are Thai durians.
How Do Thai Durians Taste – Are They all Bad?
No! Thai Durians don’t all taste bad! There has been some misunderstanding on this as many durian lovers still think that Thai Durians = Bad Durians. That is not true. However it is true that many durian sellers use Thai Durians in place of Malaysian durians, and of course Thai Durians cannot be compared to our premium durians like Mao Shan Wang.
Many of these sellers also do not know how to pick good durians. Unlike Malaysian durians, It’s a little harder and takes more experience for durian sellers to pick out good and ripe ones. However, if you have a seller that’s willing to open up the durians and guarantee the quality of the meat, then there should be nothing to be afraid of!
These are some common complaints customers have when trying Thai Durians from dishonest durian sellers:
1. Durian is hard and not edible
Yes! This does happen as they are not ripe yet. These ones should never be served to customers.
2. Durian is hard like stone and has no taste!
Not every durian can be served. Some of them are tasteless and even when ripe, have no taste at all.
3. Very strange taste
Using inferior quality types of Thai Durians! Many of these Thai Durians are exported to other countries like USA or Europe, where the people are not so picky about the durians. For us durian lovers in Singapore, the difference can be tasted immediately and it tastes bad to us!
Where to Get Affordable, Good Thai Durians?
At Duriandelivery.com.sg, we’re not ashamed to say that we do sell Thai Durians! However, the difference between us and other sellers is that we open up the Thai Durians, and with our experience and skill, pick out only the very best ones. That’s why we are also able to offer our Bao chi Policy (100% Money Back or Replacement on all bad durians!).
If you are a durian lover and haven’t tried Thai Durians before, we recommend our Butter Durian (Also called Chanee). It tastes similar to D24 and sometimes D13 (Red Prawn). Check it out!