From The Straits Times Archives: How to identify 10 types of durian

The main durian season in Singapore is typically from to June to September every year.
The main durian season in Singapore is typically from to June to September every year. PHOTOS: ST FILE

Pick your preferred durian after finding out about the differences of 10 varieties of the king of fruits.

This story was first published in The Sunday Times on Jul 13, 2008 and updated on July 7, 2017. 

SINGAPORE - Durian season has arrived and it is time to feast on the thorny king of fruits.

The Straits Times sniffs out 10 popular varieties of durians from Malaysia and puts together a guide on how to tell them apart. 

1. MAO SHAN WANG 

Other names: Butter durian, Cat Mountain King, Rajah Kunyit

Colour: Bright yellow

Tasting notes: Durian connoisseurs love its bittersweet taste and sticky, creamy texture. The flesh can be sweet and bitter within the same fruit.

From: Kelatan, Pahang and Johor

Price: $28 to $30 per kg

2. GOLDEN PHOENIX 

Other names: Jin Feng

Colour: Pale yellow-white

Tasting notes: Bitter with a more watery texture and strong pungent smell.

From: Pahang, Johor

Price: $25 to $28 per kg

3. XO 

Colour: Pale yellow

Tasting notes: Bitter and extremely soft, fleshy meat with an almost alcoholic taste.

From: Johor, Genting, Cameron Highlands

Price: Price unavailable due to extremely low supply

4. D24 

Other names: Sultan

Colour: Pale yellow

Tasting notes: Very creamy and bitter.

From: Johor, Pahang, Cameron Highlands

Price: Price unavailable due to extremely low supply

5. D13 

Colour: Deep burnt orange

Tasting notes: Sweet, less fibrous than most durians and not very strong in taste. This durian has large seeds. Good for people trying durians for the first time

From: Johor, Segamat

Price: $13 to $15 per kg

6. D1 

Colour: Pale yellow

Tasting notes: Small seeds, milky taste.

From: Johor

Price: About $13 per kg

7. D101 

Colour: Orange

Tasting notes: Easy on the palate, slightly sweet and creamy.

From: Pahang, Johor

Price: $13 to $15 per kg

8. RED PRAWN 

Other names: Hong Xia, Ang Hay

Colour: Orangey-red

Tasting notes: Sticky with a sweet aftertaste.

From: Pahang, Johor

Price: $13 to $15 per kg

9. GREEN BAMBOO 

Other names: Qing Zhu

Colour: Pale yellow with a slight greenish tinge

Tasting notes: Sweet with fibrous flesh.

From: Johor

Price: About $18 per kg

10. BLACK PEARL

Other names: Hei Zhen Zhu

Colour: Very pale yellow with grey undertones

Tasting notes: Slightly bitter, smooth and creamy with small seeds.

Origin: Johor

Price: About $18 per kg