Move over, Mao Shan Wang: Durian fans also love S17, Black Gold and Golden Phoenix

Black Gold - a type of Mao Shan Wang grown at high altitudes - offers even more complexity and alcoholic pungency for those who love bitter durians.
Black Gold - a type of Mao Shan Wang grown at high altitudes - offers even more complexity and alcoholic pungency for those who love bitter durians. ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO
Cultivars such as the Golden Phoenix (pictured) are not as widely cultivated as Mao Shan Wang and are seasonal, so the durian season is a good time to try them.
Cultivars such as the Golden Phoenix (pictured) are not as widely cultivated as Mao Shan Wang and are seasonal, so the durian season is a good time to try them.ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO
Known for its pronounced bitterness, the S17 durian is not a new cultivar but has risen in popularity among durian lovers in the last three years.
Known for its pronounced bitterness, the S17 durian is not a new cultivar but has risen in popularity among durian lovers in the last three years. ST PHOTO: HEDY KHOO

SINGAPORE - It was love at first bite for durian lover Adeline Siow when she first tasted the S17 durian last December.

After waiting half a year for the current durian season, the 44-year-old operations manager was at fruit and vegetable seller The Durian Tree in Bukit Batok East Avenue 3 last Tuesday (June 4) to buy five S17 durians.

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