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Durian

A fruit from southeast Asia distinctive for its large size, unique odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk.

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A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • Apr 26, 2010
King of tropical fruits. You haven't grasp the meaning of fruits until you try this one out! ;-)

One man's poison, another man's meat (or profit? ;-)). It's the smell, baby, the smell!!! Best to take a glass of salt water after Durian as it is quite 'heaty'! Do not drink wine with Durians. It will kill. 
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review by . August 12, 2009
posted in Gourmand
Durian
I'm not gonna lie, I use to HATE durian with a passion when I was a little kid.  Maybe it was the way it smelled to me then (some say that it's comparable to sweaty gym socks, but I've grown so accustomed to it that it's actually kind of fragrant to me now), or the way it looked (the shell looks like Spinies from Super Mario, and the innards look like brains with a giant avocado seed), or its texture (it's like biting into a cream puff... only without the puff part), or …
Quick Tip by . March 30, 2010
posted in Go Indonesia
Durian in Indonesia are cheap and good. Yum! Must eat! ***drooling***
Quick Tip by . March 10, 2010
posted in The Rice Table
King of the tropical fruits with a large following in Asia. I love this fruit & also when made into icecreams, drinks, cakes & love letters!
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The durian is the fruit of several tree species belonging to the genus Durio and the Malvaceae family (although some taxonomists place Durio in a distinct family, Durionaceae). Widely known and revered in southeast Asia as the "king of fruits", the durian is distinctive for its large size, unique odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb). Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale yellow to red, depending on the species.

The edible flesh emits a distinctive odour, strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people regard the durian as fragrant; others find the aroma overpowering and offensive. The smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust. The odour has led to the fruit's banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia.

The durian, native to Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia, has been known to the Western world for about 600 years. The 19th-century British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace famously described its flesh as "a rich custard highly flavoured with almonds". The flesh can be consumed at various stages of ripeness, and is used to flavour a wide variety of savoury and sweet edibles in Southeast Asian cuisines. The seeds can also be eaten when cooked.

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