Understanding Musang King Durian Grading
Curious to know, how many durian lovers here know what the Musang King durian grading means? It does not apply to other durian clones like D24, D101 etc. Only Musang King.
Across the fresh produce industry, fruit that have the most optimum size and flesh has usually been sold as premium over the “ugly fruit” or odd shaped ones. It’s almost like the Miss Universe of fruit.
In the Musang King Durian world, the grading has been about durian sellers getting the most $ from their durian. So this would mean the plantation or packing house would separate the fruit by shape.
This durian grade has NOTHING to do with the taste, texture or quality of fruit.
Ah Seng Durians in Singapore has a Facebook post explaining the grading categories as mainly for billing purposes. Of which, we have adapted to simplify understanding of this grading for you.
🔸AA Grade Musang King
* Weight is above 1.5kg, up to 3.5kg
* 4-5 sections of the durian has pulp
* Shape of overall durian is a “fuller”, more oblong shape
* Yield of pulp to fruit weight should be around 25-30%. E.g. 2kg fruit yields around 500-600g of flesh
* Pulp shape tends to be oblong, fuller and long
🔸 A Grade Musang King
* Weight averages 1.3-3.5kg
* 3 sections of the durian has pulp
* Shape of overall durian between oblong to teardrop
* Yield of pulp to fruit weight approx 20-25%. E.g. 2kg fruit yields around 400-500g of flesh
* Pulp shape can be a mix of full oblong or a tapered oblong
🔸 B Grade Musang King
* Weight averages 0.7-1.3kg
* Less than 3 sections of the durian has pulp
* These will be your odd bunch, usually extreme teardrop shaped, kucing tidur (curled like a sleeping cat), or extremely asymmetrical
* Yield of pulp to fruit weight approx 10%. E.g. 2kg fruit yields around 100-200g of flesh
* Pulp shape is tapered, or a single odd big bean shape
Photo credit: Durian photos are taken from various sources around Facebook and the WWW, reproduced to illustrate grading.