“It smells sort of like a combination of rotten meat, sour milk, old gym shoes and maybe a touch of dog poop”
“It smells like dirty gym clothes you leave in a bag and in your trunk for about a week during the summer”
“Smells like gas”
Those are just some comments I pulled from Google of what others think about Durian. Want to know more about durian, like, what the heck is it exactly? Click on to find out.
NO DURIANS ALLOWED ON THE TRAIN.
That can be found around Singapore and no, that’s not a discriminatory message to a certain ethnic group.
SO WHAT THE HECK IS DURIAN?
Durian is a fruit! More specifically; it is regarded as the King of Fruit. Durian is native to Southeast Asia and is very commonly seen and popular in Southeast Asia.
Durian is a fruit that’s either loved or hated, you cannot be neutral about it. The smell of durian will precede your sight of it – the scent is pungent, but contrary to the above comments, I like the smell of durian… (cray cray, I know right?).
It can grow to as big as 30 cms and weighs between 2 to 7 pounds. It’s also got crazy spikes on the husk of the durian, like a crazy pineapple that can kill someone.
Durian is seriously an acquired taste. It’s very rich, creamy and sweet and it’s also got a very creamy and silky texture.
I hated the smell when my mom brought it home, and continued hating it from the 1st time I tried it to about the 10th time. It smells a bit sweet to me, but can be absolutely vile to others…
Why I was so persistent in eating something I didn’t like? Well, that’s probably the fattie in me desperate to eat my way through the entire refrigerator…
Durian isn’t cheap, it’s held in high regards in Southeast Asia, hell, it’s named as the King of Fruit. Due to its pungent smell. It’s banned in certain public areas, like the metro or bus, etc, as the smell is quite revolting to some.
However, when it’s love, it is truly loved. There is a huge variety of durian food products such as, ice cream, moon cakes, coffee, etc.
HOW TO EAT IT
The best way is to buy it opened or to have it opened for you so you don’t have to deal with the husk yourself. That’s the only way I’ve every done it as opening it can be quite an art.
Once the durian meat is out of the husk, it’s ready for consumption. Do note that it’s got a relatively big pit in the middle that’s not edible.
If you want to learn to love it:
If you want to learn to love it, ya know, as an experiment to see why people love it so much… I would suggest you to not smell it and consume it directly as it tastes a lot better than it smells. You’re gonna have to consume it for a number of times before you’ll like it.
What I really enjoy is frozen durian. They come in vacuumed frozen packages that are readily available in Chinese supermarkets (T&T in Canada) and the texture is just like eating ice cream – super rich and creamy. In addition, because it’s frozen cold, the taste and smell is less obtrusive and pungent – gets numbed down. That’s probably the best method to transition to eating durian.
How was your first fated encounter with durian? Let us know in the comments below!