A premium durian variety from Malaysia, the Black Thorn, is now grown in Vietnam as well. And despite costing a steep VND800,000 (US$34) per kilogram, it is quite popular. Farmers grow it in the Mekong Delta and their trees have borne fruits this harvest season. This most expensive durian variety in Vietnam costs 9 times the price of the Ri6 and 2.5 times that of the Musang King.
As the first to grow the variety, Thuc from the delta’s Ben Tre Province, said he has been growing it since 2019 and now has around 20 trees. This season each would produce 60 kg of fruits on average, he said.