KUCHING: Durian seedlings such as the famous ‘durian kunyit’, ‘durian Johor Mas’ and ‘durian gabai’ are now available at Mew Yeh Nursery here.
The company, in a recent press statement, said apart from the three well-known Malaysian varieties, they also provided seedlings for Thailand’s top durian varieties such as the ‘durian Monthong’, ‘durian Chanee’ and ‘durian Ganyau’.
With over 22 years of experiences in fruit seedlings, Mew Yeh Nursery said it was vital to get the good quality seedlings to ensure a plant would be able to bear good fruits.
The slightly ‘pricey’ durian kunyit (D197), also known as ‘durian Musang King’, had always been graded as the top amongst local varieties by many durian lovers.
“The flesh of durian kunyit is yellowish. It tastes smooth and sweet with a slightly bitter tang, while having a strong fragrance. It weighs between one kilogramme to 2.5 kilogrammes each,” said the nursery.
“Durian kunyit is priced between RM38 to RM48 per kilogramme. However, its ‘3A’ grade could cost up to RM60 per kilogramme. It is currently the top choice to be exported to China,” it added.
Durian Johor Mas, meanwhile, would have orange-coloured flesh, with sweet taste bursting from its smooth flesh. The highly productive plant, which could bear fruits after 3.5 years, is known to be disease-resistant.
On the other hand, durian gabai (D194) would be easy to recognise due to its shape, which looks like an upside-down pineapple. It have yellowish orange flesh that tasted smooth and bittersweet, the easily-maintained plant is also known to be disease-resistant.
Separately, durian Monthong (D159) has always been regarded as the ‘king’ among Thai durians. It has slowly gained popularity in Malaysia with its thick flesh, flat seed and delicate sweetness.
Its plant could bear fruits after three to four years. The average size of durian Monthong would be six kilogrammes per fruit, but some could reach to nine kilogrammes per fruit.
“The heaviest record for the variety was 13 kilogrammes,” Mew Yeh added.
Durian Chanee (D123) has flat seed, yellowish-orange flesh and tasted sweet with a slight bitterness. The quality of durian Chanee would be the best if it is harvested during the dry season.
Its plant, also disease-resistant coupled with its consistent quality, has become the selection of durian farmers.
Durian Ganyau (D158) is said to be the top choice of the Thai royal family.
“With round, smooth-tasting yellow flesh that was sweet and bitter in flavour, durian Ganyau had always been a very popular choice in the kingdom,” said Mew Yeh.
For further information, the public can visit the nursery at Lot 527, 1.5th Mile in Muara Tuang Road, or call Voon at 016-8092880 or 016-8555236.