PETALING JAYA: How much would you pay to eat the King of Fruits?
A wealthy businessman paid a whopping 1.5mil baht (RM199,289) for a single Kanyao durian at an auction at the King Of Durian 2019 festival in Nonthaburi, central Thailand, on Saturday (June 1).
A news organisation reported that the Kanyao durian, which is the most expensive durian variety in the world, smashed last year's record of 800,000 baht (RM106,118).
The glamorous event attracted bids from dozens of wealthy fruit lovers and sold handpicked durians from a nearby farm.
The auction started at 20,000 baht for the fruit.
Nine fruits were chosen for its perfect size, shape, and ripeness.
Besides the Kaoyan variety, there was also the Monthong, Kanyao, and Kop Med Tao species, each fetching more than 300,000 baht (RM39,794) each.
Farmer Maliwan Han Chai Thai, who grew the record-breaking durian, did not expect the price to go over 1mil baht.
''I knew this was a very special durian but I was amazed at how much it sold for. I was expecting 1mil baht so for it to sell more is very good."
''I hope the high bidder enjoys eating the durian. This variety is the tastiest in the world and we will keep growing them," he told Newsflare.
The auction raised 4.5mil baht (RM596,624), which will be given to the farms and donated to local charities for buying medical equipment for hospitals.
Kanyao durian is specific to the Nonthaburi region north of Bangkok and is considered to be the best in the world thanks to its sweet taste and creamy texture.