The moment many in Malaysia have been waiting for is here: durian season is finally upon us.
If you can't get enough of the king of fruits, here are some fun facts about it that you probably did not know.
1. A durian is ripe once it falls from the tree
To know if a durian is ripe, you only have to wait for it to fall from the tree. In fact, many farmers in the past used to sleep in their orchards just to hear the fruit drop. However, durians become increasingly costly and precious over the years. According to Tommy Lin, a durian enthusiast who organises local tours and tasting sessions, fruits are now not allowed to drop to the ground as it will hurt how high they can be priced.
"So now, farms install big nets underneath the trees where it is possible, others deploy workers to climb and tie the strings to the durians stem so that when it ripens, it gets detached and drops but will not hit the ground and damage the thorns," he said.
That said, not everyone would enjoy ripe durians.
Mark Ng, a food experience partner from Simply Enak, a food tour company based in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, said: "In Thailand, some of them prefer unripe fruit mainly to make into durian chips. Once it is ripe, the flesh is soft. So, to make it into chips, you need them to have a hard texture. So you harvest them when they are still on the tree."