You either love it or hate it and I’m on the former team! But did you know that even though the hard, unchanging shell of the durian fruit makes it difficult to know if it’s ripe or not, those experienced in the fine art of Durian know if a fruit is ready for consumption just by its ‘sound’.
First, you need to hold the creamy, custard like fruit by the stem, while lightly tapping on it with a hand or (preferably) a stick. You must do this while listening to the resonance of the tap; much as a conductor will catch the timbre of violins in an empty auditorium.
If the sound from the durian is a thud, the fruit is touching the husk and not ripe enough. If the sound is hollow, then it is overripe and mushy. Something between a thud and hollow therefore is ideal 😊