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April 28, 2008

Really expensive stinky fruit

Over the last couple years I've learned that there are a few things I can post about that will magically cause a spike in the hits. Persimmons, for example. Or Aunt Rosie's Loganberry drink (which probably still drives maybe 8-10% of my traffic most months.) Another such topic is durians. So, without further ado...here's another durian story:

King of Fruits Rules Orchards (Bangkok Post)

These two durian varieties, kan yao ("long stem") and mon thong ("golden pillow") are some seriously expensive fruit. For reference, 7,000 baht, the going rate for kan yao, would be about US$220 at current rates. The article suggests this may be the world's most expensive fruit. I don't know that I have ever personally seen fruit that expensive on sale, though I know some Japanese fruit commands absurd prices as well. Anybody have any suggestions of similarly expensive fruit?

Update: According to this site the mon thong is more prized than kan yao. Maybe there have been recent shifts in the market. (The site also offers durian seeds for sale if you care to try growing some yourself, though not, apparently, by named variety source.)

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At 5/04/2008 06:25:00 PM, Blogger Brandon said...

Pretty much the more it smells the higher the price it fetches. Durian is a curious fruit for sure. I've only had it once, and it was smelly, but the goop around the seeds were sweet with a custard-like texture.

I wonder what sort of compounds the smell comes from.. I'm guessing sulfates of some sort like the onion and its relatives.

At 6/24/2008 07:53:00 AM, Blogger Anne said...

I have a clipping from the English Sunday Times 'Style' magazine; dated 26th. April 1998, with some very lushious looking French new season Cherries, priced at a mere 235 English pounds per kilo.
Available from Harrods, Knightsbridge.
I wonder if any of those expensive little seeds are now bearing fruit?

Love the smell of Durian, it was love at first sniff.

At 9/30/2008 05:56:00 AM, Blogger FatHer said...

Inactive link at the Bangkok Post link at the beginning of the post.

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