Many online posts and websites are saying that papaya is the national fruit of Malaysia. However, that is wrong. “Malaysia has never declared any local fruit as our national fruit,” Agriculture Department director-general Datuk Mohd Nasir Warris has stated.
While Malaysia doesn’t officially have a national fruit, Mohd Nasir says the department believes it should, and it should be none other than the durian. He feels it could be treated similarly to other national symbols like the Malayan tiger and the hibiscus.
“We believe that such a national fruit should have a status like the ‘king of fruits’ here. This means that whenever this fruit is ready for harvesting, Malaysians in general across the country, regardless of their race, culture and economic status, would be passionately looking forward to savouring it. Generally speaking, the fruit with such a character is the durian,” Mohd Nasir told thestar.com.my.
With its many varieties in Malaysia, he points out that the most popular is the D197 variant, otherwise known as Musang King. Durian is also the number one fruit produced in Malaysia as at last year, with 390,635 tons harvested, followed by pineapple at 323,420 tons and bananas at 313,811 tons.