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Jakarta Post

Time to eat durian in the ‘Big Durian’

  • Novia D. Rulistia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 28 2012   /  02:23 pm

Just like the fruit itself, Jakarta’s nickname of the “Big Durian” reflects life in the city. It is thorny on the outside but full of sweet promises on the inside. And like the city itself, the potent smell of the durian fruit makes people either love it or detest it.

In this wet season, the fruits can be spotted on the city’s sidewalks and in its markets. Jakartans know that it is now the durian season, and the fruit is selling like hotcakes in the city. Some people would even fight over it.

But even though Jakarta is nicknamed the Big Durian, the fruit doesn’t grow in the city.

Types of Durian are named after the place where they are grown. There are several kinds of durian that are popular: Lampung durian, Medan durian, Palembang durian. But there are also some varieties that bear special names, such as Petruk durian from Jepara, Central Java, and Hepe ...