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The Most Exotic Durian Fruits of Borneo Island

by Yovita Siswati on 02/01/09 at 5:09 am

Borneo Island or Kalimantan is rich of exotic fruits. Several rare species of Durian Fruit, fruit with exotic taste and provoking smell, grow in this island.

Many might have known Borneo Island or Kalimantan as the land of one of the largest rain forest area in the world. But little may know that this island is also rich of exotic fruits. The most exotic are the Durians.

What kind of fruit is this Dorian?

This fruit specifically grow in South East Asia countries: Indonesia, Malay, Brunei Darussalam and Thailand. In these countries, Dorian is widely known as the King of Fruit. Dorian has a very hard and prickly skin at the outside but a very tender and creamy flesh in the inside. What makes this fruit distinct? It is the odor! Yes, this fruit is extremely smelly that it is banned in several public areas, such as hotels or hospitals. Some people describe the smell as sweet-almond like smell, but some others think the smell is as bad as rotten onion. Unlike its disagreeable smell, the taste of the flesh is very delicious. A British traveler describe in 1599 that “the Dorian is of such an excellent taste that is surpasses in flavor of the other fruits in the world”. British novelist Anthony Burgess even goes further by describing that eating Dorian is “like eating sweet raspberry blancmange in the lavatory”.

Dorian of Borneo Island

Several rare species specifically grow in Borneo Island are as follows :

Durio Kutejensis (local name : Lai)


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What differentiate this type of Dorian with others? First, it is its shape which is almost perfectly round like ball instead of the usual oval. Second, the prickly skin is poisonous; not deadly thought, but it can cause irritating burning sensation to your skin. Third, the odor is rather sweet, not so smelly like any other Dorian. So this kind of Dorian will be perfect for those who like the taste of the fruit but cannot stand the smell.

It has a golden yellow flesh and taste so sweet. Mostly this fruit grow in East Borneo

Durio Graveolens (local name : Lai Merah)

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This type of Dorian Fruit mainly grows in Malinau District, East Borneo province, Indonesia. This fruit also grow in Brunei Darussalam. Its size is relatively small for a Dorian, with weight around 250-600gram.

While most Dorian has a yellowish flesh, this type of Dorian has a daring red flesh color. In fact, this is how the Dorian got its name Lai Merah. Merah in Indonesian means red. The taste is also more delicious compare to other type of Dorian Fruit.

Durio Dulcis (local name : Lahong)

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Same with the other two types of Dorian above, this fruit also mostly grow in East Borneo. What make this fruit so unique? It is the burning red color of its skin. The shape of the fruit is quite round. Its yellow flesh is so creamy, soft and sweet just like caramel. Despite its sweet taste, the smell of this type of Dorian is very provoking.

Durio Oxleyanus (local name : Sukang)

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This type of Dorian is very much resemblance durio dulcis (lahong), but with green skin color and smaller size. The average weight is around 20-500gram, the smallest Dorian of all. It has a sweet yellow flesh but provoking smell.

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Jojo Skeene

Jan 2nd, 2009

Heey Nice…but i think–it’s smeelllY?? right….

But nice article…too detailed…

Tilak Vignesh

Jan 2nd, 2009

Informative article.

BC Doan

Jan 2nd, 2009

The smell of this fruit gives me an instant headache, and I know many people are addicted to it..


Jan 2nd, 2009

The fruit looks similar to one that grows in the Dominican Republic but I’m not sure if it is the same fruit. Excellent article.

K Kristie

Jan 2nd, 2009

Ahh, yes durian. The ever notorious fruit. With its notorious smell and taste it better be.


Jan 2nd, 2009

a very interesting write. yes Durian is a delicious fruit though it has a foul odor.. i have eaten some while I was in Davao del Sur, Mindanao.

Darla Smith

Jan 2nd, 2009

A very interesting article. Thanks for sharing.

AC Hamilton III

Jan 2nd, 2009

Thanks for the interesting article. I love your use of pictures.

Betty Carew

Jan 2nd, 2009

Ymmmmie, i love fruit and this to me seems to be the utimate in fruit. I’ve never heard of it before. Wonderful article thanks for the info. i like your pics to I have yet to learn how to do that lol. oh well it’s a New Year .

Laura Lee Salinas

Jan 2nd, 2009

I enjoyed the read, and the pictures make the article deliciously attractive. Thanks!

Bren Parks

Jan 2nd, 2009

Great work!


Jan 2nd, 2009

It’s a great thing to live and learn. Great information.It’s so exotic it’s bound to have great health benefits. Thanks for sharing.

Eunice Tan

Jan 2nd, 2009

The red one is really exotic. King of fruit is fantastic

nobert soloria bermosa

Jan 3rd, 2009

yeah, i agree with Eunice,as a matter of fact I haven’t tasted that yet

Inna Tysoe

Jan 3rd, 2009

Thanks for that :)


Joie Schmidt

Jan 4th, 2009

What an interesting article*



-Liane Schmidt.

M J katz

Jan 5th, 2009

I enjoyed your article and the pictures very much! I’ve heard of Durian and it’s delicious taste despite its’ infamous smell!
In one respect, it can be compared to Limburger cheese…smells terrible but tastes sooooo gooooood!^-^


Jan 6th, 2009

I enjoyed your article. I have heard of Durian before. I even read that they make great weapons, and smelled like a septic tank.

Jenny Heart

Jan 6th, 2009

Great information, and very nice pictures.


Jan 7th, 2009

Once again, a fantastically written article

you cease to amaze me.

last epic word:


Jan 29th, 2009

I love durian fruit, too bad many find the smell repulsive. Nice article.


Feb 3rd, 2009

durian smells good from afar, but when you get too much of it, it’s not that good anymore. the taste is really exotic. for me, it tasted like a sweet-flavored ice cream. i like it better when its really cold. :)

dorian/durian can also be found in Davao, Philippines.


Feb 3rd, 2009

I have never heard of these fruits, so thanks for the education. I enjoyed learn about them and the pictures are beautiful. Well done.


Jun 27th, 2009

dorian is very delicious fruit I like its smell

Jesse Blenn

Oct 5th, 2009

I have a tropical fruit farm in Costa Rica, which is really a botanical garden for fruits. I am trying to plant all the useful fruits I can find, and now have over 90 species. I have regular durian, still very small, but would love to get seeds of any of these. Can anyone PLEASE help? I can pay $4 US for each seed, please contact me. jesseblenn@gmail.com

CA Johnson

Oct 12th, 2009

Thank you for sharing this with us. I have never seen fruit like this.


Jan 8th, 2011

never seen/tasted anything like that. It remembers chestnuts still with their green shell.

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