The King of Fruits: Ethnobotany and Diversity of the Durians
Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) will be implemented for entry into the Centre for Ethnobotany from 13 October 2021 onwards:
a. Individuals can be allowed in group sizes of up to 5 persons if all are fully vaccinated, including recovered individuals, and unvaccinated individuals with a negative pre-event test (PET) result.
b. Unvaccinated children, aged 12 years and below, may be included in the group of 5. If there is more than one child aged 12 years and below in the group of 5 persons, all children must be from the same household.
The durian is one of the most iconic fruits of Southeast Asia and is familiar to most Singaporeans. But did you know that there is more than one way to eat a durian fruit and that durian flowers can also be eaten? Have you seen a durian with a red husk, or a durian with red pulp? Did you know that there is a durian species named after Singapore?
Some 12 species of durian from around Southeast Asia are planted on the grounds of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Two of these are native to Singapore and occur naturally in our forests. Come visit this exhibition and learn more about the King of Fruits and its relatives.
Colourful durians from our region. Photo credit S. K. Ganesan
Flowers of the common edible durian, durio zibethinus. Photo credit S. K. Ganesan.
Venue: Level 2, Centre for Ethnobotany (Ethnobotany Garden)
Nearest Entrance: Bukit Timah Gate (Botanic Gardens MRT)
Daily: (Opens 29 Nov 2021) 9am to 6pm (till 27 May 2022)
(Closed every last Wednesday of the Month)
Admission: Free entry