The durian 'stamps' its mark as the fruit of the pandemic in Malaysia

An image showing a wooden durian opener featured in Pos Malaysia’s ‘King Of Fruits In Malaysia - Durian Folder Set’. Photo: Pos Malaysia

The durian boom has been one of the stories of the pandemic. On every street corner across the nation, you're bound to see a durian vendor or a farm truck selling Malaysia's King of Fruits.

For a lockdown treat, the Durian Raja Kunyit, also known as the Musang King, has been a constant favourite. Then you can add the highly-prized Duri Hitam and the lipstick tease of Durian Dalit, Sabah’s red-fleshed fruit, to the list.

To join the durian party, Pos Malaysia in collaboration with Jabatan Pertanian Malaysia (Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries) have released the "King Of Fruits In Malaysia - Durian Folder Set", featuring five different species of the thorny fruit.

This new collection by Pos Malaysia features a set of five stamps, a miniature sheet, First Day Covers and a folder.

The series includes Selangor’s Buluh Bawah durian, also known as the Musang Queen, Penang’s Duri Hitam durian, touted as one of the most expensive durians, Durian Kampung Premium, Sabah’s red-fleshed Durian Dalit and Kelantan’s the Musang King.

Arguably one of the most polarising delicacies in the world, the Durio zibethinus Murr – the botanical name of the Malaysian durian - reigns supreme as the country’s top fruit with 377,251 metric tonnes produced in 2019, according to the Agriculture Department.

The 2019 figures also show that durian is planted on a total of 70,286ha of land – this is almost equal to the size of Singapore, which is 72,830ha in terms of land area.

Unsurprisingly, even the pandemic could not stop the durian's popularity. If you preferred to stay home, you could still get a decent selection of durian online, with everything packed and ready to be sent to your doorstep.

The next time you’re getting your durian fix online, complete the experience with Pos Malaysia’s Durian Set Folder.

More info here.

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