Musang King durians (猫山王) were developed in Malaysia in the 1990s and have a somewhat unusual history as several farmers claimed to have created the variety. The original Musang King tree was believed to have been located in the district of Gua Musang in Kelantan, Malaysia, but it was eventually cut down to create room for farming other crops, making the variety challenging to trace. Before the tree’s demise, many of its fruits were sold locally under various names, including Mao Shan Wang, Rajah Kunyit, and Musang durians. The yellow-fleshed variety quickly increased in popularity across Malaysia, favored for its soft texture and bittersweet flavor, and many durian farmers began using the seeds to propagate their own versions of the variety, claiming they were the creators. One durian farmer, Tan Eow Chong of Penang Island, was rumored to have visited the original tree with an armed accomplice and shot a branch off of the tree, returning home with the new variety to cultivate. Musang durians were officially registered in 1993 as a recognized commercial cultivar by farmer Wee Chong Beng of Tanah Merah, Kelantan. The durian variety remained mostly domestic until it received worldwide fame in the early 21st century, earning the fruits their “king” title. In 2010, well-known Macau casino owner Stanley Ho purchased 88 Musang King durians, and news of his purchase spread across China, sparking a demand to try the Malaysian fruit. Stanley also gave 10 of his 88 fruits to Hong Kong developer Li Kashing, further increasing demand and awareness of the variety. Today Musang King durians are considered the most famous Malaysian durian variety and are grown across Malaysia for local and international sale. The fruits are also grown on a small scale in other regions of Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Vietnam for domestic use.
Our Musang King durian fruit is aired from Southeast Asia. It is very seasonal (June to Oct). Please always check with us if it is in stock.
This type of durian only arrives to the UK once a week so please allow extra time for receiving. We shall confirm shipping time within 48 hrs of the order.