I regularly receive mail of people who ask where durian fruits are available outside of Southeast Asia.
The answer is: hard to find outside Southeast Asia. Some fruits may occasionally make it to delicatessen shops in the US and specifically Western Canada, but they are always imported from Southeast Asia, and they are usually of the Thai variety, which is durable but lacks in taste.
It wouldn't have to be this way. The durian tree, of course, is native to Southeast Asia, primarily Sumatra and Borneo.
But durian trees would grow just as well in equatorial Africa, or equatorial Central America, or in the Southern United States, or possibly even southern Mediterranean Europe.
The reason why it hasn't been planted in these areas of the world probably has to do with the fruit's smell. Farmers outside Southeast Asia have never had much confidence that it would sell.
But of the people from Western countries who have visited Southeast Asia, or even have lived here for some time, a good number have learned to love the fruit.
As a matter of fact, there are few culinary delicacies that have as dedicated a following as does the durian, in Southeast Asia as well as among Westerners who have tasted it. Few people would drive 10 or 20 kilometers a day for the opportunity to eat apples, or pineapples, or bananas. We eat these fruits when they are available… and when they are not, never mind, we eat something else.
But to obtain durians, many people would take considerable effort. Plant their own durian trees, for example.
We now make available the seeds of particularly tasty durian fruits for export to anywhere in the world.
Durian trees take 5 to 10 years to bear fruit, and when they do, you can expect 20 to 50 fruits every year. The tree will grow on any kind of soil, provided it gets enough water, especially during the time, the fruit ripens. Genuine durians (not the Thai plastic variety) should be left to ripen on the tree, until they fall down. They are at their best in the first 12 hours after having falling off the tree.
The price for the seeds is 2.50 US dollar per piece (size of a small chicken egg), plus shipping charges. For further details please contact me under: email@example.com