If you’ve ever gleefully picked a durian only to discover upon cranking it open later at home that it’s too firm or too soft, you’ve learned the hard way that durian picking is an acquired talent that can transform your life. Tough love is sometimes required to teach the importance of specific talents.
The problem is that durian picking is a specialised talent that takes years to perfect professionally. Harvard may one day offer a course on it. But, for most of us, achieving that pro-level of durian picking isn’t essential when the final goal is to taste durians the way we expect them to taste. As you can see, regarding those who are concerned about their durians, ignorance is the polar opposite of happiness. And by following these easy methods for choosing a nice durian that is just ripe enough, you may minimise your odds of picking the unwanted durian.
Shake the durian
A mature durian would have fruitlets that are a bit lose internally. This is due to the chamber’s loss of control. A mature durian would allow the shaker to feel or hear the fruitlets pounding around in the pods that housed them. When the pounding sound is excessively strong and loud, it indicates that the fruit is overripe. When no movement is detected inside while shaking the durian, it suggests that the fruit is not ripe at all.
Simply tap it.
Smell the durian
For individuals who despise the fragrance of durians, this may be the most challenging ripeness test. However, seasoned customers believe that this is the most accurate technique to determine the maturity of a durian. To complete this particular assignment, you must get your nose as near to the durian as possible without being pricked by those spikes.
When you step back, the durian fragrance will be at a level 1 and climb to around a level 5 when your nose is in place. The husk is an excellent container for the fragrance of the durian. When the husk is entirely intact, it performs an excellent job of keeping the incredible stench at bay.
The flesh of the fruit, on the other hand, has a potent aroma that escapes at the seams. This allows one to perceive a difference when smelling from the source. When you insert your nose into the fruit, if the scent reaches a level of 10, it indicates that the fruit is overripe or that the protective husk is not as intact as you may assume. If the fragrance level hasn’t changed significantly, it’s still not ripe. If you don’t detect any durian odour, you may have picked up a jackfruit instead. Ensure that no one has caught you.
Examine the seams.
The seams would not be able to tell you if the fruit is ripe or not. However, if the seams have split apart without any outside intrusion, it indicates that it is overripe. This can also be caused by a hot and humid storage facility where the fruits are stored for an extended time. Impacts on the fruits during transportation might also cause the fruits to open up.
Examine the stem
The stem is the brown stalk that protrudes from the top of the fruit. This one characteristic of durians can reveal a lot about the fruit itself. Know that ripe durians would naturally fall from their branches.
Early harvesting is not uncommon since it allows planters more time to transport the fruits to buyers, who can then sell them when they are ripe.
Peer through the window
This is a common practice in several areas. However, this may be perceived as an insult by specific vendors. So, before asking that a window into the durian be opened for you, research whether it is customary in that area.
The right scent and look will change depending on the cultivar type you choose. However, if the vendor is genuinely generous (maybe because he has met his sales goal for the day), he may allow you to touch the flesh of the durian. If you’re allowed to touch it, it’s likely that you’re also allowed to press it. Gently pressing it helps you to determine how soft the flesh is nearing ripeness. Just don’t create an impression that devalues the durian right away. Remember what I said before about the bottom ripening before the top.
As a result, an opening should expose either the top or the bottom. Though a window just shows the bottom, there is still a potential that the top has still to mature even if the bottom is completely ripe.