Defending the King of Fruit: Thailand
Durian, a sweet, intense-smelling fruit, is known as the King of Fruit in Thailand. Nonthaburi Province is home to a traditional farming method passed down from generation to generation to cultivate top-quality durians. Top varieties can cost several hundred dollars each. However, in 2011, record flooding hit the area, destroying many farms and livelihoods. Adding to farmers' woes, the absence of successors and urban development is pushing them toward an unprecedented existential crisis. We follow 2 farmers who continue to protect their fields and pass on their durian heritage.
Top quality durian from Nonthaburi can cost hundreds of dollars
Retaining moisture using banana stalks – a method passed down for generations
Durian farmers searching for endangered varieties to take home and grow