Last month the ‘King of Fruits’ was in the news following record Chinese sales. Exporting the fruit in huge quantities to China benefits both the Thai economy and boosts the income of local producers; however the export of durian saplings is prohibited.
Border checks have now been stepped up to prevent smuggling of durian saplings and the Agriculture Ministry is seeking cooperation from border officials to watch out for durian saplings being taken into Myanmar, according to a senior official.
Suwit Chaikiarttiyos, director general of the ministry’s Agriculture Department, said he has instructed officials from his department to step up their checks at border checkpoints in Ranong and Prachuap Khiri Khan following a spate of attempts to take durian saplings into Myanmar. In the latest incident, Suwit said many durian saplings were found at a house near the Singkhon border checkpoint in Prachuap Khiri Khan. He said the Agriculture Ministry prohibits the exports of durian saplings for fear that it would affect the durian industry in the country.
A New Record Price
Volcanic Durian; the most expensive around
At the grand opening of the “2018 Kantharalak Superior Fruit Festival” in Kantharalak, Sisaket Province an auction took place where the local specialty, “volcanic durian”, was sold for around 150,000 THBB. This price set a new record for most expensive durian auctioned in the northeast of Thailand. The durian was also labelled as “Thailand’s tastiest durian”.
A local farmer stated that the production volume of volcanic durian is extremely small. This year the production volume only reached around 3000 tons.
Fried Durian in Space!
Fried durian will soon be the first Thai food item to be sent into space to see how it is affected by weightlessness. The experiment is part of the “Thai Food to Space” project with advisor Dr Amarin Pimnoo, who heads the National Space Exploration Project of Daily Foods Co. If everything goes as planned, the first batch of fried durian will be sent into space in July. The fried durian will be floating in space around 4-5 minutes before it is sent back home, after which scientists will see how weightlessness affects the packaging and the fried durian.
Too Much of the “King of Fruits”
Might Not be Good for You
As durian fever sweeps Thailand, comes a warning from Thai doctors. The department of public health has said that you should not overdo your durian intake. They said that eating the flesh surrounding two kernels each day is more than enough. But that is just for healthy people – for those suffering from chronic conditions the advice was stronger. Those with diabetes, kidney problems, high blood pressure and heart disease should certainly not eat durian every day, said the medical professionals.