China’s first major durian harvest in Hainan province generated much anticipation, but the taste and smell of the fruit fell short compared to the ‘proper’ durian experience. The texture was even likened to an unripe banana on occasion.
First Durian Harvest
However, the writer, an avid durian fan who compared the China-grown fruit to the tropical fruit due to their spiky exterior, eagerly tried one from the limited yield and relatively high-priced harvest. Although their expectations were modest, they didn’t expect the decadent richness of the sought-after Musang King (Mao Shan Wang) variety. Despite the differences, the experience offered a unique perspective on this divisive and beloved fruit. A bad start in China for its First Durian Harvest?