Durian: The King of Fruits
Durian has been consumed in Southeast Asia for ages although it was introduced to the Western world only 600 years ago. Nowadays durian is called “The King of Fruits” due to its size, its penetrating odor and the roughness of its peel.
The Origin of Durian
Even though it comes from Malaysia and Indonesia, it is known all around the world. For example, in countries like Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Philippines and Madagascar, you’ll find it in local markets and hawker stalls.
Consider yourself warned! There’s a saying in Malaysia that goes: “Durian, you hate it or you love it”. And although at first people doubt the veracity of this statement, they stop doubting it as soon as they live the experience of trying it.
The Smelliest Fruit in The World
Prepare to eat it in the evening, after 6 p.m. That’s the time when several stalls start taking out baskets full of this extraordinary fruit. Surely, your nose will find them even before your eyes. This is because the fruit has such a strong scent even without being peeled, that there are some Asian countries where it is forbidden to ride the bus or the subway or even walk into a hotel with it!
Once you reach the stall you’ll find a large oval fruit with peaks that make it hard for people to hold it unless they’re wearing special gloves. After you pick one that looks ripe and tasty, the vendor will cut it in half. Inside you’ll find a yellow heart-shaped pulp.
Naturally, if at first you find the fruit’s odor too unpleasant, you’ll need a lot of courage to taste it. Even if it’s not easy to describe how it tastes, some people say it has a pineapple-vanilla flavor. All we can say is that once you chew the durian, you’ll feel as if a soft coating covered your palate and dosed the fruit’s taste in your mouth for a long while. Actually, this effect is so intense that you’ll still perceive it even after brushing your teeth.
Recipes With Durian
If you discover that you love the King of Fruits, we assure you that when you travel to Southeast Asia you’ll find delight in all its different presentations including: ice cream, tea, fruit juice, cakes, bread, crepes and even fried snacks. However, we recommend something more traditional such as the Keju Bollen, a cake with cheese and durian filling; or the Tempoyak, a dish that is prepared with fermented durian.
Don’t miss the opportunity to try it on your next trip to Malaysia or Indonesia. We guarantee that it will be a very original experience. If you dare taste it, don’t forget to share your adventure with us. Tell us if you’re one of the travelers who hate or love the King of Fruits.