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A battle is unfolding over the world's smelliest fruit, and farmers in Malaysia say their entire livelihood is being wiped out at the worst possible time
Southeast Asia, the durian is the undisputed king of fruit. Crack open its thorny green husk, and you'll find several yellow or red nuggets of custard-like pulp that melts in your mouth.
Still, durians are a special treat in Asian households, and, at as much as $13 a pound, they're not cheap. They're also the subject of an increasingly bitter year-long battle between Malaysian farmers who cultivate premium durian trees and a government-backed consortium that's trying to cash in on the beloved fruit.
At the center of this dispute is one specific breed of durian: the Musang King. It's been called gold that grows on trees, and a single tree can earn farmers up to $1,000 a year.
Most of the world's Musang King durians come from Raub, an old mining township of 100,000 people that has become the
"durian capital of Malaysia
" after farmers discovered its soil and climate were perfect for growing the fruit.
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