The Thai province of Nakhon Ratchasima is celebrating the certification of its “non-stinky” durian variety as a geographical indication (GI).
The Pak Chong-Khao Yai durian, a variety of the renowned Mon Thong strain, was the highlight of a weekend celebration at Chokchai Farm in the Pak Chong District.
According to growers, the Pak Chong-Khao Yai variety possesses a combination of sweetness, dry, soft flesh, and notably: it lacks a strong odor.
Nakhon Ratchasima Deputy Governor Chusak Chunkoh presided over Friday’s opening of the first Pak Chong-Khao Yai GI Durian Festival, The Star reports, presenting GI certificates to 39 durian farms in the Pak Chong and Khao Yai areas.
The Pak Chong-Khao Yai cultivar was recognized as a GI product by the Department of Intellectual Property last year.
Festivalgoers enjoyed a fruit buffet, including durian, dragon fruit, longan, banana, avocado, and sugar apples grown in Pak Chong orchards.
Miss Universe Thailand beauty queens were also present at the event.