Best-smeller: Malaysia cashes in on Chinese demand for durian fruit


Prices of ‘Musang King’ variety of stinky delicacy have nearly quadrupled in five years

The stinky, spiky durian will become Malaysia’s next big export as the south-east Asian nation rushes to develop thousands of hectares to cash in on unprecedented demand from China for the fruit.

The durian was once only planted in family orchards and small farms, but now the Malaysian government is encouraging large-scale farming of the fruit – described by some as smelling, when ripe, like an open sewer or turpentine – and counting on a 50% jump in exports by 2030.

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The Article Was Written/Published By: Reuters in Kuala Lumpur

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