Durian is infamous for its pungent revolting odour, which when cut into can fill a house within minutes. Even with the spiky husk intact this fruit can be smelled from yards away!
Many internet folk have tried to describe the smell of durian, to list just a few of my favourites:
- turpentine and onions stuffed inside a used gym sock
- something in the mid stage of rotting
- Sweet, skunky, rotting onions
- decomposed garbage from a hot kitchen
- Me personally, i would compare the smell to a rotting honeydew melon mixed with methane gas in a hot bin liner.
A large stack of durians like the one below will smell awfully similar to a garbage dump/land fill with a hint of sweetness on a hot day from a distance. you get the idea, they smell.
Durian is loved by those who can overcome the odour and is enjoyed as a special treat after a good meal. surprisingly It is an incredibly versatile fruit which can be made into a number of products. sweet desserts, smoothies, ice cream and cakes are just a few which i have seen on my travels.
In the quest to get more Facebook likes, website hits and to give this thread some legitimacy, I decided to adopt a mind over matter approach and finally eat some Durian. My first impressions… Its surprisingly quite pleasant!!
The texture is a bit bananaery in the sense that is turns creamy and custardy when chewed. The flavour is like sweet almonds with very ripe melon, hints of savoury chives, custard apple and garlic. Sounds gross but it works quite well, so much so that i actually enjoyed eating it. I had a few large pieces and almost forgot about the smell.
Would i eat it again? Yes! Most definitely, but I would probably enjoy it more sat outside on a windy day, or inside with a pot of vicks vapour rub handy.
What do you think of Durian fruit, have you ever tried it? And if you have not would you give it a go?