Davao Durian Makes It to Australia


Aussie durian lovers, listen up.

The Philippines has shipped the first-ever batch of frozen durian from Davao to Australia. 

According to the Department of Trade and Industry, the initial shipment of two varieties of durian called Puyat and Duyaya arrived at the Port of Melbourne last March 2. The durian arrived in whole pieces with shell and a tasting sampler pack and was made possible by Melbourne-based importer, Aus Asia Produce Pty Ltd., an Australian company that specializes in importing and distributing exotic tropical fruits, Asian vegetables, herbs and other products.    

“The durian varieties included in the shipment are Puyat and Duyaya,” said Thanh Truong, director of Aus Asia Produce Pty Ltd. “Puyat is sweet with a hint of ‘bitterness’ as desired flavor amongst new generation durian connoisseurs. Whilst Duyaya has the most flesh of any durian I have ever seen in my life, and I’ve eaten many before and this is even more meaty.

Photo by DTI.

“The first batch of shipment also includes a Tasting Sampler Pack or Durian Box containing 3 varieties of durian: Puyat, Duyaya and Arancillo curated by “Year of the Durian” writer and traveller Lindsay Gasik, the most travelled durian blogger in the world,” Truong added. 

Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma. Hellen B. De Le Vega called the shipment a “breakthrough development” that could further expand exports of other fruits and vegetables from Mindanao.

“The Philippine government continues to find ways to make available our food products here in Australia and we are working with stakeholders in government and in business to deliver premium variety to the Australian market,” the Ambassador De La Vega said. 

The DTI through the Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) in Sydney said the Philippines is looking forward to more cooperation between Australian and Philippine companies that will bring more Philippine high-quality, world-class food products to Australia and make it available to both Filipino and Australian mainstream consumers. 


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