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China’s love for Durian: Philippines claims top export spot

China has solidified its position as the primary export hub for the Philippines during the first eight months of this year.

According to figures from the Center for International Trade and Missions, the Philippines shipped a total of 3,916 tons of durian from January to October, with 3,481 tons making their way to China.

The prominence of Philippine durian took center stage at the 6th China International Import Expo, where a durian tasting event garnered substantial attention.

The durian variant, recognized as the golden “Puyat,” has drawn parallels to Malaysia’s Musang King, renowned as the most expensive durian in the Chinese market.

Cultivated in the fertile foothills of Mt. Apo, the “Puyat” durian benefits from nutrient-rich volcanic soil and an optimal climate for growth. Developed through a meticulous process involving the selection of specific durian varieties from Thailand and the Philippines, the “Puyat” durian showcases a distinct pear shape, a brown husk, and vibrant yellow-gold flesh with the creamy custard characteristic of native durians.

Ana GM B. Abuejuela, Agriculture Counselor at the Beijing office of the Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Agriculture Counselor, said: “Chinese consumers already love the durian. The introduction of one from a new source naturally aroused their curiosity.”

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