DESPITE the weather being unrelentingly hot, the heat is not preventing some durian lovers from enjoying the “King of Fruits”.
All it takes is the sight and smell of the fruit to convince any durian-loving person to stop by the roadside, and cart home a few.
A customer at one of the stalls selling durians in Pasir Pinji who only wished to be known as Lim, 28, said he never misses buying durian during the season.
“It has been really hot for the past few months, so I am just buying one durian to consume, and after that I will drink some herbal drinks to cool my body down,” added the kitchen helper of a restaurant.
Another durian lover S. Shanti, 38, said, usually during the durian season, her husband buys about 10 durians at one go for the family to enjoy.
However, the clerk said due to the hot weather now, her husband has been buying fewer durians.
“In our family, we really like durians, and cannot resist each time the season is around.
“But to avoid falling sick we have reduced the usual amount we buy by half, but at the same time we get to enjoy the fruit,” she added.
Sundeep Kaur Cheema, 39, said she can never resist having the fruit each time the season comes around.
She said, whether the weather is hot or not she usually has at least one of the fruit to satisfy her cravings.
“I think about the consequences later, but for the moment I will still continue to enjoy my durians.
“However, I drink plenty of water after consuming the heaty fruit to lessen the effects,” she added.
Anis Saidin, 49, said she just recovered from a bad cough and sore throat, but that did not stop her from buying durians.
The housewife said each time she passes by a stall selling durians, she can’t control her urge to buy back at least one durian.
“However, after eating durians, I will follow the traditional practice to drink salt water using the shell as a container,” she added.
Lynette Wong, 40, said after eating durians, she would usually consumes mangosteens as an antidote to “cool” the body down.
She said this “heaty and cooling” way of eating the delicious fruits is well known to durian connoisseurs, and it works.
“So as long as I know my limits, and how many durians to eat, so far I have not fallen sick after consuming durians especially in this hot weather,” she added.
Retiree Joginder Kaur Jessy, 61, said she is someone who does not believe in hot and cold theory when it comes to durians.
“Durians, being such a tempting and finger licking good fruit, I will eat it whenever available,” she added.
However, another durian lover Danial Tang said, he had to forgo eating durians during the hot weather as he sufferes from high blood pressure.
“I don’t want to take the chance of consuming the fruit especially during the heat wave no matter how tempting it seems,” he added.
Several durian sellers interviewed said, due to the hot weather, the sales of the fruit have dropped.
L.G. Ling, 53, said she has been helping her 91-year-old father sell durians near Canning Garden for many years now.
She said usually she sells about 100 durians a day during the season, but due to the recent hot spell, she has only been able to sell half that amount.
“Not all durian lovers can eat the fruit, as some may have certain types of medical conditions, and they have no choice, but to stay away.
“However, I still have my regular customers who are unable to resist buying the fruit,” she said.
Her father Lee Kong Seng who has been selling durians for the past 50 years said some people are unable to eat the fruit despite it being their favourite, as they start to get heartburn.
Another durian seller in Pasir Pinji who only wished to be known as Lee said he has seen a slight drop in the sales of the fruit.
He said, probably due to the hot weather, health-conscious people are staying away from consuming the fruit.
“However those who want to eat the fruit, they still come over to buy but maybe in a lesser quantity,” he added.