Natural Durians from Gunung Benuah, West Kalimantan

The durians belonging to the Dayak people are entirely untouched by artificial fertilization. 

The people of today refer to it as "organic,'"namely the natural durian, cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers. 

Interestingly, the durians belonging to the Dayak people are entirely untouched by artificial fertilization. 

The Dayak people's durians naturally fall and ripen on the tree, showcasing one of the local advantages. These fruits are not large in size, with yellow, somewhat dry flesh, possessing an anise-like aroma, and offering a natural and distinct taste.

Durians grow naturally

Durians grow naturally, adhering to the laws of nature. This has been the enduring tradition of the Dayak people passed down through generations, resulting in a delicious durian taste that stands apart from superior varieties found elsewhere.

Durian Alami (Natural Durians) from the slopes of Gunung Benuah in West Kalimantan offer a unique and authentic culinary experience. The journey to Simpang Ampar from Pontianak - Sungai Ambawang leads to a pause on the roadside, atop a hill, providing a stunning view after passing the Lake Laet fountain restaurant.

On the right side of the road, a series of natural stalls beckons with curiosity, showcasing a year-round supply of fresh bamboo shoots and vegetables. Remarkably, these stalls defy seasonal limitations, possibly owing to the natural secrets enhancing the local harvest, particularly from July to October.

The ambiance undergoes a delightful change during these months with the arrival of the local durians. Fresh, tantalizing, and aromatic, these durians captivate the senses of passersby.

For connoisseurs familiar with local durians, these stalls offer an unparalleled opportunity to stop and indulge. The choice of which stall to visit depends on individual preferences, promising a durian flavor that perfectly suits each palate.

Gunung Benuah: The breathtaking scenery

Gunung Benuah itself holds an irresistible allure. The breathtaking scenery continues to attract and enchant tourists, as attested by locals from Pontianak and Jakarta who find the durian prices here remarkably reasonable.

Vendors present durians in piles, with sales based on groups of 4 for medium-sized and 5 for small-sized durians. For a mere Rp 100,000, durian enthusiasts can relish the exotic pleasure of this revered fruit.

What makes these durians truly special is the environmentally friendly cultivation method employed by local farmers. Eschewing the use of chemical fertilizers prevalent in modern agriculture, the durians here grow naturally, ensuring a healthier and more authentic taste.

Local durians 

The taste spectrum of these local durians is diverse and captivating. Some boast yellow, slightly dry flesh, often considered the most delicious, while others prefer durians with a bit of moisture, featuring thick and slightly bitter flesh. The variety caters to the individual preferences of durian enthusiasts, showcasing the enduring allure of this distinctive fruit.

Beyond the captivating flavors of the durian, the surroundings of Gunung Benuah offer an immersive experience akin to the beauty of Puncak in Bogor. 

The mountain's unmatched charm continues to provide visitors with breathtaking views and an undeniable allure.

With its unique attractions, the road leading to Simpang Ampar from Sungai Ambawang, adorned with natural durian stalls, becomes an essential stop for those seeking an unparalleled culinary adventure and the unmatched beauty of nature.

Fresh and delightful local durians

Indulge in the pleasure of savoring fresh and delightful local durians while immersing yourself in the beautiful scenery surrounding Gunung Benuah. 

This experience promises to be an unforgettable memory for every fortunate visitor who has the privilege to witness it.

The flavor of Kalimantan durians differs from those found elsewhere, such as in Jakarta and those sold in supermarkets, typically harvested when fully ripe. Kalimantan durians mature on the tree and fall naturally. 

This unique process results in a distinctive and incredibly delicious taste. However, their prices are significantly lower compared to durians sold in Jakarta and other cities in Java.

(Rangkaya Bada)

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