Black Thorn Durian Review
In 2012, a new durian hybrid made its name for being the champion of a durian competition in Penang. It is called ‘Black Thorn’ or ‘Ochee’ and it beats other durian varieties such as Musang King, Red Prawn and the rest.
Originated from Penang, Black Thorn durians have become the most sought after durian after taking the title. Black Thorn is only available in the middle of the year and there are limited places that sell this variety of durian. Due to its popularity, the price of Black Thorn can fetch over RM 40kg per kg.
After years of trying to get our hands onto this durian, recently we finally tasted this new king of durian in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. Of course, we tasted other durian variety such as Musang King and Durian Kampung.
Why is it called the Black Thorn?
The Black Thorn durian is roundish in shape and it looks like a sign of a star at the bottom of the fruit. However, the real reason of its name is the small tiny black thorn poking out of the tiny hole at the bottom of the fruit. It looks like a black thorn sticking out from the butt of the durian.
Let’s look at the flesh of Black Thorn. Black Thorn durian is significantly different than others with its orange colour flesh (on top of the tiny black thorn).
How is the taste of Black Thorn?
The taste is rich, creamy with slight hint of bitterness (but not as much as XO). The flesh is not as thick as Musang King so it is lighter in texture and it also has the slight bitter after taste like XO durian. The taste is in between of Musang King and XO durian variety. People love this because it is softer in texture and not as filling as Musang King. Because of this is still a relatively new breed, not many farms have this yet so it is still expensive. Probably a couple of years down the road, the price will be relatively similar to Musang King. The origins of Black Thorn is from Penang as we were told and many farms in other states are now trying to grow this breed due to its demand.
Is it worth it? Well, if you never tasted a Black Thorn, why not? Do we love the taste? Yes, we do but we don’t feel it is the best. Black Thorn is definitely one of the best but definitely not ‘the best’. Of course, this is based on our own taste and opinion and everyone’s taste palette is different.
Like we mentioned earlier, Black Thorn is worth to taste and some of our friends do prefer it than other popular durian varieties.
Some people prefer Black Thorn than Musang King due to its strong flavour and its creamy texture but its high pricing might not suitable for many.