Singapore has always been known as the world’s easiest place to do business. In recent years, there have been great amount of effort spent to build a strong and creative startup community. Creativity sometimes yield the unexpected. A team of researcher in National University of Singapore (NUS) has created the world’s first durian wine.
For those who watched Fear Factors may recall this spiky fruit with the most repulsive smell ever was one of the challenges the Fear Factor participants had to endure to get the grand prize. Durian is often described as “taste like heaven but smell like hell”. This spiky fruit is also known as the King of Fruits and is highly loved by most Singaporeans.
The team of researcher who fermented this beloved fruit into the unconventional wine claimed that the nose of the wine is less repulsive as the actual fruit. They described the process of this fermenting this wine is rather unusual. First they will need to make the pulp of the fruit into liquid form. The creamy texture of the pulp will require some amount of water to be added in order to process it into liquid form. Once this step is done, the liquid durian is ready to be fermented. This wine has slightly lower concentration of alcohol at about 6%. This may be attributed to less sugar in durians compared to the conventional grapes. Here is an interview with the researchers by Reuters.
The wine researcher now seek to commercialize their creation. This is no easy feat but fortunately, the National University of Singapore has ties with various industry for commercialization of the university’s creation. Under the umbrella of NUS Enterprise, the Industry Liaison Office are set to help with such endeavors. In addition to this, NUS Enterprise also supports young startups through Plug-in@Blk 71 by providing co-working space in Singapore, business advise, as well as a strong creating startup community to nurture the entrepreneurs in Singapore.