Rare Durian Fruit Sells for $1,000 in Indonesia
- by Kayla Webb
JAKARTA, INDONESIA - You’ve heard of expensive melons, berries, and mangos, now get ready for price-defying durian! That’s right, the notoriously pungent fruit is joining the upper echelon of pricy produce after a rare variety hit a market in Indonesia with a price tag of $1,000.
The Guardian reported that the extravagant durians first popped up in a shopping center in Tasikmalaya, West Java, where they were displayed lavishly atop red satin and fake flowers—the only way to sell luxury fruit if you ask me.
According to news source LatestLY, the expensive durians are known as “J-Queen,” a new, rare variety created by Aka, a 32-year-old psychology major, after he crossbred two different Indonesian durians. Unlike its conventional kin, the new variety is round and yellow gold with a peanut butter taste. In addition, the J-Queen tree allegedly only bears fruit once every three years, adding that once-in-a-while allure to the price tag of the buzzy item.
“My intention is to improve the welfare of farmers by creating superior durians,” Aka said to the news source. “I have had durian gardens in Kendal, Pekalongan, Banyumas, Pangandaran, and Gunung Tanjung, Manonjaya,Tasikmalaya.”
While a social media frenzy occurred back in January when headlines first proclaimed the upscale durians were available for purchasing, at the time of publishing, only two durians had been sold.
Will this rare and luxurious variety make its way onto menus celebrating the King of Fruits, giving it a new market to wow consumers? Stick with us at AndNowUKnow as we continue to bring you the best fruit and veg coverage.