Durian City is Davao City : Curious?
Davao City, a far city from the main Manila, Philippines, is another city offering it’s best to tourists and visitors. Since this city has been known for its festivals: Araw ng Dabaw( Davao City Day) held every 16th day of March and Kadayawan Festival( Ethnic) held every August of the year. Yes, indeed it’s this month and a lot of activities are being announced to celebrate this festival. The city is also known for being the Durian City because of the festive of bearing this exotic fruit in here.
Durian City: Why?
I have come up with this post because one of my readers was curious about how similar it is with a jackfruit. Durian has a stronger scent than jackfruit and it has also hard and solid spikes than jackfruits.
Durian is a kind of fruit, really exotic and has the strongest smell or aroma. Some people really cannot describe the smell or the aroma it possesses. It’s really intriguing when it comes to its scent. When it comes to its physical appearance, it has this thorns all over its outer skin and it’s kind of hard to hold it with your bare hands. With regards to its taste, it has this distinct creamy and milky, sweet and some sour taste. depending on what kind of class it is.
There is an intense debate whether it’s native here in Davao but I’ve known it to be one of the native fruits here since our ancestors started to migrate in this city. But despite some people’s appreciation or continued disgust with this fruit, it has been known to be a great curiosity of the city.
Since this “odour-catching” fruit is a seasonal type of fruit which is most abundant during this time of the year. It’s also growing with countries having 22 degrees climate range. Yes, it also in some tropical countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei.
For more information about Durian, you can check it here.
My Experience with Eating Durian Fruit
Being in the city since my whole started in here, you are not a local if you haven’t tasted and tried this fruit. lol. I can’t remember when was the first time I tried it. It’s usually normal especially during this time of the year that you can find it anywhere in the city.
We usually call this fruit as a very scandalous fruit because of the strong odor it has. Even our neighbors can determine if you have it in your kitchen.
I think it was when I was in grade school when I had the chance to try durian. It was smelly, tasty, creamy and a little sour taste. Maybe because of my young age that I have not appreciated the unrecognizable and indescribable taste of the fruit. Because it was not the usual taste an apple or a watermelon does have.
We don’t usually eat this fruit due to the price and the distinct taste it has. For unseasoned days of the year, although available throughout the year and is more abundant during August and September. It cost around $4 per kilo during the unseasoned time and about $.80 during the seasoned time. So, depending on the time of year is its cost.
If you are the type of person who is really curious about this fruit, you can try it. But with the description I have shared here and looks like you can’t take it, then don’t. lol.
But if you’re going to visit Davao City, you can find an entire area selling this fruit along Magsaysay Park, Boulevard, Davao City. It’s open 24/7 and 365 days of the year. So this is why this city is called Durian City. You can even check a symbol statue right in the airport.
To wrap it up, Durian fruit is really intriguing and your curiosity may arise why it does smells really strong and even taste unusual. You may love it or dislike it.
If you are going to travel here in Davao City or the Durian City, would you try it? Or have you tried eating Durian? Or even saw and smell it personally?