The Philippine Embassy in Singapore through the Philippine Trade & Investment Centre-Singapore (PTIC) recently got together with some Filipino and Singaporean friends to sample the Davao Puyat durian. Mr. Alun Zhou of 101 Fruits is responsible for bringing the Puyat variety to Singapore shores.

Davao in Mindanao is known as the Durian City of the Philippines because of the abundance of this exotic fruit in the area. Davao’s rich fertile volcanic soil and climate make it most suitable for sustained production of the freshest and tastiest Durian. Ninety-nine percent of Philippine durian is grown on the island of Mindanao, while 70 percent of that is grown within the Davao province. It is available almost throughout the year and in several varieties

The Puyat variety has yellow-orange, soft and buttery flesh with a bittersweet taste and mild aroma. It is one of the larger durians weighing up to seven kilos and the tree can bear as many as 100 fruits. Puyat is recognizable by its large brown spikes, pear shape, and thick stem. It does not rot easily and it is more preferred by farmers for cultivation.

The Davao durian is available in 101 Fruits in Chinatown/New Bridge Centre along Keong Siak Road in Singapore.

durian 1 In photo are: (from left to right) entrepreneur-photojournalist KF Seetoh, Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Antonio Morales, Alan Zhou of 101 Fruits and PTIC Commercial Counsellor Glenn Peñaranda

durian2 In photo are: (from left to right) KF Seetoh, Chay Teves of Spark Fury Advertising, Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Antonio Morales, Digna Ryan of The Spirit of Asia furniture and textile store, Alan Zhou and Commercial Counsellor Glenn Peñaranda