The durian season takes place from August to October – at least “usually”, with these months recognized as the period when the trees bear most fruits. Many may argue that this isn’t really “valid” anymore, since durian can be had all throughout the year; but still, this season is when you can be literally drowned by durian (if that’s what one desires).
Now, having said this, one of the places where durian can be had abundantly (and should I say cheaply) is along Torres St. in Davao City. Yeah, you can head to Bankerohan (market), where the durian may be cheaper; though this isn’t favored by many who’s cautious with security and, yes, dirt. There’s also Magsaysay; but this is infamous for charging too expensively. You can also head out of Davao to, say, Kidapawan City; but then you’d have to travel for two or so hours away from (sorry to say this) civilization. There are other venue choices for the durian craving, it’s true. But I’d dare say one of the best to go to is still along Torres St., particularly not too far from Bo’s Coffee.
Now… when going there, head only around 8:00PM. This is because earlier than that, the vendors may not yet be there; or if there are vendors there, they may be selling other fruits (e.g. rambutan and lanzones). Around 8:00PM, the vendors set some tables around pick-up trucks full of durian fruits, where you can eat what you choose to buy right there and then.
Bring with you some alcogel, too. Because – while the vendors provide you plastic gloves to eat the durian using only your bare hands – the infamous stench may still stay on your skin, and the alcogel can help… a lot.
The place can get full quickly; though fret not. Because this is a good way to share the “food for the gods” with the locals by sharing tables. It’s always fun seeing just how much durian people can chow – whether because they are forced to do so, or because they seriously like it.
Price-wise, what they sell here aren’t that expensive (particularly when compared with, say, Magsaysay). So you’d end up just paying P100+ for a whole durian, which isn’t a bad deal.
The varieties available aren’t as extensive as those in Bankerohan, but there are at least three or four to choose from, so – again – this isn’t too bad a place for durian-eating.
Some may say eating beside the street (complete with putting up with the pollution from the passing vehicles) isn’t their cup of tea. But I say this is B.S.; some of the best foods can be had in the streets.
And so the next time you visit Davao and you crave for durian, check out Torres St., a durian heaven of some sorts…