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In Indonesia, rare ‘J-Queen’ durian causes stir with S$1,351 price tag

WEST JAVA — In Indonesia, a purportedly rare durian fruit is a causing a stir with its hefty price tag, becoming a social media sensation after going on sale at a shopping centre in Tasikmalaya, West Java.

In Indonesia, rare ‘J-Queen’ durian causes stir with S$1,351 price tag

Locals have flocked to the supermarket just to snap a picture alongside the rare fruit.

WEST JAVA — Are you willing to fork out US$1,000 (S$1,351) for a single durian?

In Indonesia, a purportedly rare durian fruit is a causing a stir with its hefty price tag, becoming a social media sensation after going on sale at a shopping centre in Tasikmalaya, West Java.

According to a report by The Guardian, the durian is of the so-called “J-Queen” variety, and is currently displayed at the Plaza Asia shopping centre. Locals have flocked to the supermarket just to snap a picture alongside the rare fruit.

The person behind the “J Queen” variety is Mr Aka, a 32-year-old Indonesian psychology major. He claims to have created the new and rare fruit by crossbreeding two varieties from different regions in Indonesia.

Aka reportedly said that the “J-Queen” tree only fruits once every three years and supposedly has a “peanut and butter taste”. It is also round-shaped and yellow-gold in colour, as opposed to a normal durian that is typically oblong.

But local Javanese farmers doubt the validity of Mr Aka’s claims, with reports quoting them as saying that even the rarest Indonesian durian — the Montong and Kumbokarno varieties — only sell for about 200,000 rupiah (RM58).

It is understood that two “J-Queen” durians have been sold so far. MALAY MAIL

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