‘Non-stinky’ durian a big hit with connoisseurs

Thumbs up: Miss Universe Thailand beauty queens were on hand to promote the coveted fruits. — The Nation/ANN

The Northeast’s Nakhon Ratchasima province is celebrating after its special “non-stinky” variety of durian was granted geographical indication (GI) certification.

The Pak Chong-Khao Yai durian, a variety of the famous Mon Thong strain, is the star of a festival at Pak Chong district’s Chokchai Farm.

Pak Chong-Khao Yai durians have a winning combination of sweetness, dry, soft flesh and no strong smell, according to growers.

Nakhon Ratchasima deputy governor Chusak Chunkoh presided over Friday’s opening of the first Pak Chong-Khao Yai GI Durian Festival and presented GI certificates to 39 durian farms in the Pak Chong and Khao Yai areas.

The Department of Intellectual Property registered the Pak Chong-Khao Yai variety as a GI product last year.

Visitors gorged on durian and fruit buffets as well as dragon fruit, longan, banana, avocado and sugar apples grown in Pak Chong orchards.

Miss Universe Thailand beauty queens were on hand to sweeten the experience even further. — The Nation/ANN

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