As I turned off the main street, where several stalls selling durian, the king of fruits, were lined up, I saw a street vendor selling the queen of fruits popping up there. The queen seemed to be much more reserved than the king. She was not sold casually on a busy street with lots of traffic, but on a slightly calmer, narrower street.
A man was plying his trade with a yellow wagon parked in front of a yellow fence. I pointed my camera at him as well, and the man, who had a lot of time on his hands, stretched his finger upwards and posed for me. There was a pile of mangosteens on his wagon. The mangosteen is called the queen of fruits because of its soft flesh, strong sweetness, refreshing acidity, and elegant taste.
Here in Jakarta, both kings and queens are sold on the side of the road. The price may be higher than other fruits, but they are more commonplace, and at a glance, both the king and queen seem to be friendly people. But in reality, they are rough with strong personalities. Fresh durian cannot be brought onboard airplanes due to its strong odor, and many countries have banned the importation of mangosteen for fear of a fruit fly infestation. Kings and queens are not easy to deal with.
October 15, 2020
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF