Malaysia will start exporting durians to mainland China from July 1st, 2011.
The breakthrough for Malaysia's durian growers comes after Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited Kuala Lumpur last month and formally agreed to allow the entry of Malaysian durians, which some fans insist are deliciously creamier and more aromatic than Thai-grown ones.
The tropical fruit — distinctive for its thorn-covered green outer rind and pungent smell — is grown in numerous Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Brunei and Vietnam.
Malaysian Agriculture Minister Noh Omar said durians will be sent to China during the peak harvesting months between July and September.
Ahmad Ishak, the head of Malaysia's Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority, said that the country produces about 330,000 tons (300,000 metric tons) of durians a year, mainly for domestic consumption.
"We will export the frozen flesh of two types of durians, comprising fruits with seeds and those without seeds," quoted Ahmad.