Yes, the Durian Season is here.... (lai liow) and NO, I have not bought any yet. AA asked me to wait for him to come back first then only we go walloping them durians!! LOL...
But before we wallop, I better go through this tips on how to choose.... we cannot always depend on the durian fella.. he sure mixes good and not-so-good durians for us. This time we better go prepared.... Right? OK, now the tips....
- Look at the tip, if it is too dry means it is no longer fresh. A little dry is okay.
- Then look at the bottom, if it is crack it may be over-ripe or not so fresh but it can still be delicious.
- Smell the durian, if there is a strong smell, it is most likely good. If there is no smell, it is probably not ripe.
- Use your fingernails to scratch the durian, if it sounds hollow it is likely to be a good one.
- Put the durian close to your ear, shake it and listen carefully, if there is a 'moving' sound, it is likely to be good.
- Look for holes around the durian, if there is tiny hole somewhere, there is likely to be a worm (larva of an insect) that has burrow into it.
- Yes, there is actually a 7th step, but it's not going to be useful. If you have the chance to open the durian, open it and taste it. :)