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.
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!
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.