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In Penang, Malaysia one Durian Festival is on about June 16.
Just ask the Tourist/Visitor Information Centre for exact information.
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Mike says...
Penang has the most famous festival for durian enthusiasts and the winners are famed afterwards and thereafter command higher prices.D175 was one such variety.Chanthaburi has a huge fruit festival about a month or so later where durians are the star and Uterradit also has a fruit festival and durian competition.
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DURIAN says...
To Mike:
When you typed "I don't know when the big competition is in Penang.", did you mean you don't know when the Durian season is in Penang, or did you mean that you don't know when an actual competition is in Penang?
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Mike says...
It was the actual date of the competition that I had not checked rather than the season at Penang.I have read about the competition many times but not attended or been aware of when it was held without digging out my printouts.
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DURIAN says...
Photo of brochure advertising the Penang Durian Festival.
10 or 11 Durian varieties are mentioned.
Horlor
Ang Hae
Etc
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DURIAN says...
To Mike:
Do you know anything about the 'Fragrant' coconut?
Eg any special botanical name, etc?
Propagated by seed, or by another way?
If by seed, wouldn't that lack the qualities of the parent?
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Mike says...
It is an interesting poster.Fragrant coconut I have never of and it probably had another name or two.Like many fruits there are some varieties and lines not based on mtuations and not recently crossed that are stable and early fruiting.Many localised or village types are like this and seem to 'hold their line'in spite of outcrossing.I'll check it out and get back to you.
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Mike says...
I checked and can find no reference to it.It could be a local name in a district but it has me beat....for now.
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DURIAN says...
I meant the 'Fragrant' Young Coconut.
It's exported world-wide from Thailand and packaged as 'Fragrant' Young Coconut.
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Mike says...
You mean just the standard 'shaved' coconuts that are jelly like inside without the milk and kernel separated? They are just juveniles which taste better than mature coconuts and of good varieties not like our feral beach mongrel, but the same applies to them.Unless you are making copra don't wait until the husk is brown and dry.Am I misinterpreting?
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BJ says...
I've always hated Durians. People say the more you eat, the better they get, but to me they always tasted like the gutters of Chinatown Manhattan smelt - Rotten Chinese cabbage, burnt onion, spoilt mayonnaise with a hint of sweet jakfruit way under there somewhere. But I always keep trying it to see if I will like it better. Last week I purchased some Monthong Ice blocks from Chinatown. The first one was okay, a bit of that oniony aftertaste, but not too bad, the creamyness helped. Second one and Im hooked. Its amazing! I might actually grow to like Durian...
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Mike says...
BJ The king of fruit tastes very different from the aroma.What you describe is the pungent cheesy,methane edged component of the smell.Most people are not crazy about avocadoes on their first try either.It is a complex creamy,vanilla,nutty,savoury and bitter combination taste that is hard to describe and like no other fruit.It is one of the most nutritious fruits and inspires more devoted enthusiasts than any other other fruit could.
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DURIAN says...
To BJ:
Somebody has said that unhealthy people, with their taste sensation not functioning well, will not enjoy the amazingly sweet and tasty Durian.

One Durian variety, bought fresh/unfrozen from Malaysia, tastes like a 'Cherry Ripe' chocolate bar.

And also there are some bad tasting Durian, maybe they are slightly rotten, especially if it is the exported frozen Durian which hasn't been stored very cooly, etc, by the retailer.
The freezing reduces the taste.

You might need to improve your health and see if your sense of taste improves.

And you can continue trying different Durian, especially fresh/unfrozen Durian, bought from Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, etc.

To Mike:

There seems to be 2 common varieties of Young Coconut in Thailand and Malaysia, etc.
The better tasting is the Fragrant, here:
http://www.sandstone.en.ecplaza.net/8.asp
The other is just the standard Young Coconut.



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Mike says...
It would appear that the better quality young fragrant coconuts are from variety Nam Hom which is considered one of the best.I presume it is a green semidwarf that is extremely productive.The coconut groves on the Bangkok to Pataya highway probably have lots of these.
In Australia we basically have the feral, rarely the Malay Dwarf and several other semi dwarfs.With a bit of effort we could have more cold tolerant,attractive,productive,easy to open and tasty varieties.
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DURIAN says...
Nam Hom are the Thai words for: water(Nam) fragrant(Hom), and it's describing the Fragrant Young Coconut.

It's pronounced as Marpow(written as Maprao) Narm Hom, if/when you go there.
Maprao means coconut.

In Thailand, the brown Jasmine Rice is called 'Kow Gong Hommali (Hom= fragrant)Kow=Rice Gong=Brown.

In Malaysia the Fragrant Young Coconut is called 'Pandan'(pronounced Parndarn).

Yeah, I think that it is semi-dwarf, or a lot smaller than the normal/common coconut tree.

Again, the exported Fragrant Young Coconut is refrigerated and so less tasty than when eaten in Thailand, the exporting country.
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Mike says...
My partner is Thai and is in Thailand at the moment and Thai garden enthusiasts 'raid' my garden every week so I can find out soon what the cocnut situation is.
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