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China's taste for Thai durians undiminished by coronavirus

Cultivation of the 'king of fruits' soars to satisfy world's largest importer

Chinese buyers visited Thai durian farmers in March, when the fruit was still raw, to ensure a supply despite the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

CHANTHABURI, Thailand -- As the durians ripen in her orchard of 180 trees, Vipavadee Teplasamee eyes a lucrative harvest in May of the fruit regarded as "green gold" in Chanthaburi, a province southeast of Bangkok.

The 46-year-old Thai fruit farmer pins her hopes on China's appetite for the durian, which remains steadfast.

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