Currently, Musang King is like black-market gold. It’s the most sought after, desired and expensive of all the durian varieties, selling for more than twice the price of a more average durian.
That said, it’s also the durian most likely to be faked. That’s right: unscrupulous durian vendors will try to pull a fast one on the naive and sell an average durian under the name and price of the famous Musang King. Luckily, all durian varieties have slightly different shapes, colors, and spikes and you can learn to distinguish a true Musang King from a fake. Here are 5 tips to identify a true Musang King, as taught by the durian experts 🙂
The most well-known characteristic of Musang King is it’s deep, turmeric yellow flesh. But Musang King is not the only durian with a dark yellow aril. Check out the picture below. Is it a Musang King or not?
If you can’t tell now, you should be able to after reading the following clues:
1. Shell Color
Musang King (left) is a dusky green-tan bordering on yellow. Often the coloration will change between the tips of the thorns and the base. In comparison, D24 is typically a homogenous green.
2. Spike Density and Shape
In Musang King, the spike is fairly large and pyramidal, set fairly far apart. Compare to the spike of a D24, which clusters
3. Visibility of Seams
As you can see in the picture, the durian on the left has a smooth crown. The spikes face downwards away from it and there’s even a little bit of a gap between the crown and where the spikes start. That’s the Musang King.
In contrast, D24’s crown has spikes growing up and over it, facing upward in jagged imitation of a traditional king’s crown.
5. Stem Length
In Summary: When looking over a possible Musang King durian, you’re looking for a green-yellow fruit with a long stem, a very visible tan five-pointed star on the bottom, pyramidal spikes without much space between them, and of course that brilliant yellow flesh.