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Durian Season in Hawaii?

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Just wanted to drop a big thanks to Ben mango and HI_Chris for suggesting Maku’u market.  Was able to score a nice 7 lb durian there for a little under $6 lb, after some negotiation.  I had the pleasure of sharing it with work colleagues at a corporate event among 20 people with mixed reviews and one first timer that couldn’t get enough!  Was also able to procure a few other fruits that I had on my wish list including canistel (nice flavor), kuini mango (potent), and caimito (bland).

This last week I scored an excellent Gob D, got skunked on a funk D and saw a bunch of other funk D that wasn’t edible come from the Hilo market.
I think stem freshness has to be one of the best ways to tell if it’s been off the tree too long ( more than 24 hours really) .
The good Gob had 5 mature pods and 12 seeds. It was alot of good mesocarp for a smaller Durian.

ben mango:
It was likely a COB durian, common in the Philippines. Don’t think there is a variety called gob. Lots of junk durians out there people try selling , and sadly that is probably most peoples first experience with it , then they go perpetuate the rumor that durian is gross etc, whereas most people won’t ever get the chance to experience high quality D

I agree Ben, there isn’t a true Gob. But we have “Gob” and “Kob” which probably join the very long list of misnamed cultivars in Hawaii. I don’t think either of them are Thai Kob or Philippine Cob. Hawaiian “Gob” is a large Thai type with pale yellow, somewhat pasty flesh, sweet, mild flavor.  Very productive, not a top cultivar.

I really like your comment on the kuini. “Potent”. I’m a kuini fanatic but recognize that they are probably not for everyone. But Esper great to have mango like fruit in mid winter. They often bear up to three crops a year, most reliably in winter in Hawaii.


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