Zoli spotted them from far: their brilliant green color was unusual between the village Durians. The smell is unique: like Rum Punch. We were very excited to taste our first Durio lowianus - probably the first pieces of the season. The texture is thick and sticky. It is fleshy. The taste is so special - like a totally new fruit. It is nutty with mint and with something else, something beyond the taste. It gives a feeling like it would fulfill something else as well, not just hunger. We enjoyed every pod slowly. After each one it felt like it is stroking our mouth and tongue. We felt high and light after eating it, almost like flying.
About Durio lowianus:
Finally we experienced Durio lowianus. It is magic: no odor, just nice cherry and rum punch smell, creamy as a dream and has heavenly taste: marzipan, cherry dessert, dough. The fresh fruit numbs our mouth and tounge. It is puzzling why is zibethinus the chosen one to cultivate over lowianus.
The characteristic of D. lowianus in our experience:
1. No odor, pleasant smell
2. Unlike with zibethinus, freshness is not as essential: a 1-2 days old lowianus doesn’t smell bad and the taste is not ruined: just more matured and characteristic - however we still prefer the fresh fruits
3. Big size of the fruit, like zibethinus (other wild species are smaller, it is common to have just 1-2 pods in one fruit)
4. There is a lot of flesh on the seed, this makes special between the wild species