WE love durians. In 2014, we consumed 349 thousand tonnes, an average of 11.2 kg per man, woman, infant and child.
The world loves durians too. CNN newscasters and Hollywood starlets have declared their love for it. Alfred Russell Wallace, the great 19th century naturalist and author of The Malay Archipelago: The land of the orang-utan, and the bird of paradise.
A narrative of travel, with studies of man and nature found a Portuguese reference from as early as 1599 to the gloriousness of durian.