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Black Thorn At Durian

Black Thorn Durian is presently the king of durians. 74 Strong nylon or woven rope netting is often strung between durian trees in orchards, serving a threefold purpose: the nets aid in the collection of the mature fruits, deter ground-level scavengers, and prevent the durians from falling onto people.
Some of Chong's prized trees died off completely, exhausted from excessive flowering and then aborted fruiting. However, it tasted sweet and fruity, with almost an artificial strawberry ice cream flavor. Malaysia famous king of fruits durian on grey background.

Another version of the story posits that the tips of the durian's thorns are dark brown or black.” I've noted before that culture appears to influence how we perceive colors , but I don't think that really excuses the clear lack of blackness on these durian thorns.
44 He cited one traveller from 1599: b "it is of such an excellent taste that it surpasses in flavour all other fruits of the world, according to those who have tasted it." 44 He cites another writer: "To those not used to it, it seems at first to smell like rotten onions, but immediately after they have tasted it they prefer it to all other food.

When I buy, I usually order the Mao Shan Wang. Being a new breed of durian, Black Thorn is still not available in most farms, thus it will be slightly more expensive. It's one of the milder types of durian breeds with a slightly sweet taste. Yet during my visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November 2019 I still found many Musang King fruits in the market.
Market price is higher than Musang King. A rarer taste, which according to Durian Seng is found only in durians from older trees eaten within 30 minutes of their fall, is a fleeting numbing” quality felt on the tongue and lips. Famous food critic from Hong Kong Chua Lam and his group purposely visited Penang to taste this fancy fruit.
I am going to share with you some tips on identifying the Musang King and Black Thorn. Before the Mao Shan Wang breed surged in popularity, the most famous breed back in the '90s was the D24 durians. It has a star shaped pattern at the base like the Mao Shan Wang but it looks a little different as the centre of the star is empty (See photo).

Rich in taste and colour, Mao Shan Wang durians boast a creamy texture and leave a strong bittersweet taste in your mouth. Following that, in 2013, Black Thorn was officially registered as D200, with Mr Leow's farm as the main source. If not, Musang King sellers from other states … will claim that their durians are from Pahang,” he said.
The flesh of the Black Thorn is very deep and rich yellow, and tastes very sweet and custardy. It's rich and creamy, with a strong bittersweet taste that has many layers of taste. The signature silky smooth, luxurious thick soft and creamy flesh with its underlying sweet alcoholic aftertaste is what makes the Black Thorn the most coveted durian.

I tell all this to the group as I line up three more durians for them to taste. The taste is in between of Musang King and XO durian variety. He planted kampung durians and only started planting D24 and 101 durians later on. Two of the top variants, the Musang King & Black Thorn Durians are in town.
The fruits of Puyat produced at TPFN in the lowland of Kabacan and in the higher elevation at the slope of Mt. Apo in Magpet, Cotabato are no match to the taste of the fruits of Musang King. Trees which are more matured will bear a more flavourful Black Thorn.

Their prices might not be the cheapest in town, but quality is always the number one priority when buying durians. Black Thorn is only available in the middle of the year and there are limited places that sell this variety of durian. His farm - Uncle Thing Durian Leisure Farm - grows largely Musang King and Black Thorn varieties.

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