Flora of Indonesia

Durian will get 'higher'

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 December, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 December, 1995, 12:00am

LOVE it or hate it, Hong Kong's favourite, but smelliest, import from Thailand may be more expensive next year.

Flooding has destroyed part of the current durian crop, which means higher prices are probable when the first harvest reaches the territory in May.

Many find the smell of the durian repulsive but Hong Kong is the biggest customer for the unusual fruit.

No fewer than 1.6 million of them were imported last year.

The cargo is flown in aboard jumbo jets - with 26 'durian flights' dedicated to bringing in last year's supply.

Fortunately, passengers are spared the smell because the fruit is flown in aboard freighter aircraft.