cheap durians

3 reasons why you should eat durian in Davao City

Fresh and creamy puyat durian for the taking

F. Torres durian stand

1 Durians are so cheap now in Davao City
P35, P25, P20… that’s durian per kilo for the hybrid varieties and even less or even per piece for the local malagkit! The city is awash with durians that there are many stalls offering the fruit by the mound. San Pedro, Bangkerohan, F. Torres St., Magsaysay, these are the top places to buy.

With my buddy’s friends, we went to F. Torres near Mabini St. and bought our fruits there. Also, its rather common to see a vehicle loaded with durians at a roadside with a weighing scale to sell.

Different varieties of durians at a stall

9 kilos of heavenly durian

2 There’s so many good varieties to choose from
Davao is blessed with good and fertile soil plus initiatives taken by its durian breeders. Other than the native malagkit variety, there’s the hybrid Arancillo, Puyat, D24, chanee, mon thong, basketball (so named because of its very round form and size), Cob yellow, and many others.

However, the best that I’ve tasted is a hybrid that was locally developed and called Latayan. It was just so creamy and sweet. Not content with eating it in Davao, I bought 5 packs of frozen Latayan durian when I went back to Cebu yesterday, at just P80 per pack!

My buddy’s friends who entertained me in Davao. 1st thing in the agenda: durians!

Different kinds of durians: cob yellow, Latayan and puyat

3 Do what the locals do
When in Davao, do what the locals do. That’s part of traveling. And when durian’s in season, head to a durian stall, order and grab a chair and table! The fruit is so cheap at this time of the year, the varieties mind boggling and you just have to enjoy the fruit.

Along Rizal St. corner Ponciano, there’s a corner wherein there are makeshift sheds and locals eating with their hands. And its a rather common sight. And it is better to eat durian with friends or loved ones, exchanging stories while licking ones fingers.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

9 Comments

  1. bertN
    September 27, 2012 @ 19:45

    Is it true that durian is not allowed to be taken on board commercial flights?

  2. bertN
    September 27, 2012 @ 19:45

    Is it true that durian is not allowed to be taken on board commercial flights?

  3. bertN
    September 27, 2012 @ 19:45

    Is it true that durian is not allowed to be taken on board commercial flights?

  4. estancabigas
    September 28, 2012 @ 0:41

    I just took with me 5 packs of durians from Davao to Cebu. but if you are riding an ATR plane, the smaller one with a propeller and your durian smells, forget it. it wont be carried even in cargo. experienced this with CebPac from CDO – Cebu.

  5. estancabigas
    September 28, 2012 @ 0:41

    I just took with me 5 packs of durians from Davao to Cebu. but if you are riding an ATR plane, the smaller one with a propeller and your durian smells, forget it. it wont be carried even in cargo. experienced this with CebPac from CDO – Cebu.

  6. andy
    September 28, 2012 @ 6:17

    gimingaw hinuon kog kaon durian daplin sa dalan stan da.

  7. estancabigas
    September 29, 2012 @ 8:57

    pastilan jud bai, kalami! hehehe

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  9. plong
    December 3, 2013 @ 10:20

    hi. where did you buy your frozen durian?

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