Non-smelly durian strain from Korat is a big hit

The Thai province of Nakhon Ratchasima is celebrating after its special “non-stinky” variety of durian was granted geographical indication (GI) certification. The Pak Chong-Khao Yai durian, a variety of the famous Mon Thong strain, was the star of a festival at Pak Chong district’s Chokchai Farm on Friday and Saturday.

Pak Chong-Khao Yai have a winning combination of sweetness, dry, soft flesh and no strong smell, according to growers. Nakhon Ratchasima deputy governor Chusak Chunkoh presided over Friday’s opening of the first Pak Chong-Khao Yai GI Durian Festival and presented GI certificates to 39 durian farms in the Pak Chong and Khao Yai areas.

The Department of Intellectual Property registered the Pak Chong-Khao Yai variety as a GI product last year.


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