Durian is Singapore’s healthiest and most palatable fruit, and among its many varieties, MSG (durian Mao Shan Wang) is the most well-known and popular. Cat Mountain King is how the Chinese name Mao Shan Wang translates. The MSW got its name not because the civet cat prefers this durian type, but because the Mao Shan Wang variety originated on a mountain where many civet cats thrived – a cat mountain! Gua Musang in Kelantan, Malaysia, is the name of the mountain where the MSW originated. Gua Musang translates to fox cave, but it is home to many civet cats.
How you can identify the Mao Shan Wang durian?
Musang King durians usually have a bean-like shape to them. The head is smaller than the bottom, giving it a longer appearance. The Musang Durian isn’t perfectly round.
Musang King’s husk is a somewhat different color than other species of durian. It’s a dusky greyish + green-tan color with yellow undertones. If you’ve heard of Gao Shan Musang King, which is Mao Shan Wang durian from the top of the hill, you’ll know that the husks are generally yellowish-brown.
The Stem: The stems of all durian kinds vary in length, with some being longer than others. Musang King’s stem is generally quite lengthy.
The Crown: The crown is another method to recognize Durian Raja Kunyit. The crown is a circular band that connects the stem to the fruit. Musang King, also known as Raja Kunyit, has a bald and smooth crown. The distance between the crowns is rather large, and it almost perfectly surrounds the stem.
These are the considerations to consider when purchasing a mao shan wang durian from an offline store; alternatively, you can purchase it from Durian 36, which offers a wide range of durians, including the MSW Durian.