Musang King / Mao Shan Wong (猫山王) / Raja Kunyit is the most sought after, loved and expensive of all the durian varieties, selling at twice the price of a normal type of durian. While there is no question about the Musang King’s allure, identifying the real McCoy may sometimes be challenging. Here are the tips to identify a pure breed Musang King:
1) Shell Colour
It has a brownish-grey exterior. Often the coloration will change between the tips of the spikes and the base.
2) The Shape
It has a bean-like shape; well you can also say it looks like a kidney, a pear or an egg.
3) Spike Density
Spikes are broad and blunt. They are pyramidal in shape instead of conical and set fairly far apart.
4) The Crown
Look out for the shape of the band connecting the stem to the fruit – it’s called the Crown. Brownish and relatively bald, there is a gap between the Crown and where the spikes begin.
5) The Seam
It has a unique 5-arm starfish with long slender arms that runs from the bottom of the shell to the side of the durian.
6) The Fruit
Its thick, deep golden yellow fruit is rich and creamy like toasted marshmallow. It comes with slight bitter sweet notes and emits a sharp, pungent smell.
7) The Seed
Check if they are flat, tiny and oddly shaped.