Sunday, July 27, 2008

Durian hunting- a weekend night out

A clean little stroke to check out the meat.

There was a rustling of leaves in the near total darkness followed by a loud thud. The fruit of a durian, Durio zibethinus has fallen....we combed the area with our torches for 3 hours to picked up what was already fallen and then waited for the rest to drop from the sky.

Somehow, durian collecting is traditionally done in the night, where most fruits apparently fall. By daytime, diurnal animals and more likely other humans may get to them first. There are of course, some risks, but fruits do not fall like the leaves of a maple do, so injury is not common, presumably. Well, Alfred Russel Wallace did know of a person blinded in one eye by the falling fruit but that was a hundred years ago....

Hearing the heavy fruits falling around me in near total darkness was both unnerving and exhilarating, but by 3 am, I decided that I had enough. I laid myself down on the mat to doze under the shadows of leaves and light of stars, taking in the humid air tinted with fresh and rotting durians..... not caring too much if it was a durian tree I was under ...

Harvest awaits as I awake....

3 comments:

Dan said...

where is this place, Singapore or Malaysia ?

Todd Kelley said...

I love your blog! I'm happy to see that you're posting again.

Hort Log said...

Dan, its Singapore la.

Todd, thanks for your comments. Was tied up for some time....still is. I had a look at your naturalist blog - I saw Cyp. acaule too when I was in Virginia ....it was a highlight of my trip, will find the pics

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