While the prices of almost everything have gone up in the past few months, thanks to an abundant harvest in Malaysia, the price of durian has gone down to as low as $7 per kilo in some places.
And if you’re lucky and buy several from your favourite seller, they may even throw one in for free, reports say. By the way, bringing durian on your first date might also bring you, love, as it did for this guy.
This delightful development for durian lovers is in contrast to what was predicted last month when the price of durian was expected to rise in the fruit’s peak season from June to August.
Instead, good weather in Johor in the past fortnight has resulted in a bumper crop, TODAY reported recently.
“We thought the next crop of durians from Pahang would come in July, but the rain there caused the durians to drop earlier. So while there is a shortage still from Pahang, there are some coming into Singapore at the same time as those from Johor, so there’s more supply overall,” TODAY quoted the person in charge of Durian Empire in Punggol, Mr Zen Ho, as saying.
For example, the price of the popular Mao Shan Wang durian variety may fall somewhere between S$18 and S$21 per kilo, at least four dollars lower than its typical $25 price, TODAY said.
On June 21, CNA reported that in some stalls, the price for Mao Shan Wang durians has gone down even more.
“Our best seller is the Mao Shan Wang. We’re selling it for S$12 per kg. It’s usually S$18, and sometimes it can even go above S$20,” one stall operator, Mr Tan Wee Siang, told CNA.
Mr Tan, the operator of durian stall Wang Sheng Li 95 at Bishan added that he is throwing in freebies for buyers.
“For the Black Gold type, it’s S$18 per kg. Buy five, get one free,” he said.
Singapore Foodie reported on June 21 (Tuesday) that the price of the premium Musang King Durian is now down to $12 per kilo in one stall in Bukit Batok Street 11.
“Also, most local Durian stalls are likely offering some form of promotion – whether it be a buy 1-Get-3 free, more discounts or other deals! For the first time, stall owners are actively trying to sell as many Durians as possible due to the amount of stock they have,” Singapore Foodie added.
Meanwhile, over at Tampines, for its “Biggest Durian Sale of the Year”, Giant Hypermarket is selling Mao Shan Wang, Red Prawn, and other durian varieties, with the least expensive going for $2 per piece until the end of the month, MS News reported. /TISG
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