Durian season is officially here; you can smell it in the air! Almost wherever you go, you’ll find them being sold—on the sides of the road, in grocery stores. But regardless of whether you eat durians or not, every Malaysian is familiar with the name “Musang King.” It’s the Gucci of durians.
That being said, when it comes to durians, Musang King is unquestionably the more expensive choice. But regardless of how expensive they become, people will still buy them. There are merchants out there who attempt to profit from the fact that customers will pay high prices by offering “fake” Musang King for the same, expensive amount.
At HYPE, we don’t want you to fall victim to fraud. Therefore, the following three traits will help you distinguish between real and fake Musang King:
1. Shape Structure/Features
Musang King is actually not so large in size (around 1.5kg to 2.5kg). Musang King’s general form resembles an oval more so than a sphere. More blunt and few spikes are present. Additionally, Musang King’s stem is smooth, in contrast to other durians’ thorny stems.
2. Five-point Star At The Bottom
The five-pointed star sign at the bottom of the durian is the most typical indicator of a Musang King. It is not, however, the most distinctive trait. This is stated because not all Musang King fruits have a prominent five-pointed star, especially those located in high mountains. But if you can see a five-pointed star, you can be sure it’s a Musang King.
You may always examine the flavour and appearance of the durian products you purchase because you can now exchange them if you discover a problem. Musang King generally has thick, rich, dark yellow ‘flesh’. The seeds are small, and some don’t even have any. The flavour is intended to be dense, bitter, and sweet. A Musang King’s seeds should also be easily sucked clean and not overly sticky.
Remember to keep these three qualities in mind while you buy for durians this season now that you are aware of them. Don’t fall victim to fraud!