The only good thing that’s come out of the recent heat wave is that it’s officially durian season again! Thanks to the rising temperatures (and hence increased supply), the king of fruits are going for less than half their usual prices.
For the ever-popular Mao Shan Wang (Musang King), the market rate is now $18 to $20 per kg even at well known sellers like Ah Seng Durian, Combat Durian and The Durian Story.
Tips for buying durians in Singapore:
• The best way to get your hands on the thorny fruit is to order in advance. You must call, WhatsApp or Facebook message them to reserve your durians, otherwise you’re probably going to be disappointed when you show up at the store.
• Dishonest sellers don’t only exist on Carousell – durian sellers can be bad too. They may try to pass other durian species off as Mao Shan Wang, or they may give you unripe or rotten fruit. If you’re worried about getting scammed, read online reviews or ask for the entire fruit to be opened at the shop. At least then if it’s unripe or rotten, you will know right away.