Durian season 2010 starts in August

I have been so looking forward to durian season this year.

Sometime over the last few years, I started getting finicky over durian quality. Eating mediocre or cheap durians would make me feel sick. (I get a disgusting sour aftertaste in my mouth and my stomach would churn.) That’s why I have to wait for durian season to get the best ones.

The Goonfather and I made a trip to the durian stall last night. July is supposed to be the peak durian season, no?

Apparently not this year, we found out to our disappointment. The stall owner said it will start late this year, in August.

The durians now are still substandard, he said. But since we were already there, we sat down to eat, anyway.

Eating a durian

We ate three mao shan wang (cat mountain king) durians between us. They tasted good but were generally too watery. The owner said it’s because of the crazy rainfall in the past two months.

By the way, if you’re going for durians with your friends, bear this in mind:

(Club Morte peeps, please don’t read the following two paragraphs. =P)

The seeds nearer the stem will be creamier and taste better, so aim for those!

The durian stall owner said so, explaining that the seeds further from the stem are more watery because of the rain. I didn’t quite understand the logic. But I put it to the test and found that you can actually taste the difference between the stem-side seed and the bottom seed quite clearly.

Eating a durian

So we did get to eat a few pretty decent seeds but it was less than great on the whole. Cost us $77 for the three (two big, one small); I think we got a a 10% discount.

Oh, well. August isn’t too far off. I’ve waited a year. I can wait three more weeks!