Golden Phoenix Durian
Golden Phoenix Durian is a durian of the pure kind. Because it is derived from old trees rather than a hybrid or a new type, there is a limited supply of Golden Phoenix Durian. Golden Phoenix is difficult to cultivate and is only found in Johor. As a result, Golden Phoenix is more well-known in Singapore than Klang Valley.
It is a respected cultivar that has been around for decades. It is known in Mandarin as Jin Feng, which translates to golden phoenix. Golden Phoenix durian has a robust flavour that is sweet with undertones of bitterness. The texture is delicate, and the seeds are tiny. The flesh of the Golden Phoenix durian is light yellowish, similar to watered condensed milk. The flesh is delicate and velvety, almost wet, with a pleasant, mild scent that lingers beautifully. The flavour is mostly sweet, with a bit of bitter aftertaste. When compared to other durians, Jin Feng possesses a pleasant and rich sweetness.
The Golden Phoenix Durian bears a resemblance to other durians. The durian’s bottom features five lines, similar to Musang King. However, the shell is thin, and the durian may be effortlessly opened (if you have strong hands).
Characteristics of the Golden Phoenix Durian
- This variety of durians is typical of average size and weighs little more than 1.5kg.
- Compared to normally bigger durians such as the musang king, the latter easily dwarfs the golden phoenix based on eye observations.
- The small-sized fruits, typically round and oval, can often fit perfectly into your hand.
- The thin husk compensates for the tiny outer shell. This implies that you receive more flesh per kg of fruitlet than other cultivars with very thick husks.
- When we combine this with a few flat seeds hidden within the pulp, it’s simple to see why many durian enthusiasts consider jin Feng a good value for money.
- The husk is primarily faint and has a soft shade of green, with occasional grey/brown flecks.
- This colour range is very dependent on the temperature and environment of the farm where the trees were planted.
- The spikes are thinner and more densely packed. This gives the appearance of a damp crew cut.
- The spikes are evenly distributed in the middle but get more concentrated at the top and bottom. The spikes begin to bend upwards towards the long stem and downwards towards the bottom seam on both ends.
- You should be able to see five seam lines from the bottom perspective, just like the musang king, although they aren’t as visible or eye-catching as the musang.
- Because the husk is thin and the seams are visible, cranking this durian open from the base may frequently be done with a pair of strong hands.
- The rim is likewise not bald like the musang king but instead covered in tiny thorns.
- Despite the name, the flesh of a golden phoenix is anything but gold. By durian standards, it is pale yellow but not as white as something like the black pearl.
- The flesh has a distinct texture.
- At first glance, this durian appears to be too dry to be a quality durian. Or that it hasn’t ripened yet. But don’t worry, this is how it looks, and your impression of the golden phoenix will be validated after you eat that first bite.
- Surprisingly, while it may appear matte dry, the texture in the mouth is very creamy, almost like butter.
- It has a bit of sweetness with a sour aftertaste.
Some people can detect an alcoholic aftertaste depending on their taste receptors. Others aren’t aware of it, although they are eating the same durian.
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