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Stinkin' sky-high: Indonesian durians fetch $1,000 apiece

 

Agence France-Presse

Tasikmalaya, West Java  /  Thu, January 31, 2019  /  03:01 pm
Stinkin' sky-high: Indonesian durians fetch $1,000 apiece

A closeup of an opened durian fruit, which sell between US$ 1.4 to 7, is seen at a stall in Medan on January 30, 2019. (AFP/Rahmad Suryadi)

Two durian fruits have sold for nearly US$1,000 each in Indonesia, an eye-watering price that lit up social media and prompted awestruck fans to take selfies with the pungent pair. 

Fetching Rp 14 million ($990) each, the spiky fruits were displayed in a clear case on red satin and surrounded by fake flowers at a supermarket in Tasikmalaya, a city in West Java province. 

The price tag was about eight times the local monthly minimum wage.

Indonesian customers sample durian fruits at a stall in Medan on January 30, 2019. Indonesian customers sample durian fruits at a stall in Medan on January 30, 2019. (AFP/Rahmad Suryadi)

Known as the "king of fruits", durians are popular across Southeast Asia. Fans rave about their creamy texture but many detractors liken their intense aroma to sewage or sweaty socks.

Unlike the usual oblong variety, which sell for just a few dollars, the round "J-Queen" brand durians are reported to be extremely rare and possess the punchiest of aromas. 

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"The buyer did not want to be named, but he was a durian lover," supermarket manager Heriawan Teten told AFP Wednesday.

Not all internet users were impressed by the extravagant cost.

"The price is crazy -- I'd rather use the money to buy a motorbike," one Instagram user said. 

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