I went to a local HMart with my boyfriend to shop for Korean groceries. While there, the two of us picked up a wide variety of wonderful products like shrimp-flavored yum-yum chips, salted seaweed munchies, and an ultra-precious super-fruit that is The Durian.
Durian is a spiky pineapple-like fruit that comes from Asia. If you find one in America, there’s a pretty good chance it’ll come frozen due to its short shelf-life. If you find one fresh, you’ll pay a hefty price from fees for rapid international shipping. A frozen durian will normally sell for just under $5.00 apiece. They come in a convenient yellow bag to aid in ease of transportation. They’re quite uncomfortable to carry due to the spikes.
Durians have a certain reputation… They’re known as the world’s smelliest fruit.
With our durian mostly thawed, my boyfriend and I now had to figure out what to do with the thing. I researched how to open it while he searched online for a recipe. I found a YouTube video that explained how to open it. You basically prod the durian with a knife until you find a soft spot. Then you stab it, cut a line down the soft part, and peel it open like a pomegranate.
Sounds easy enough, right?
We struggled for a good 20 minutes with little luck. We had let the durian sit out for over 5 hours but the inside still must have been a little frozen because opening it was nearly impossible. We had to alternate cutting, chiseling, stabbing, ripping, peeling and pulling the stubborn durian. All while getting poked with the fruit’s sharp spines.
We eventually managed to open one or two sections of the fruit. It contained a pulpy yellow flesh-like substance inside. That flesh smells just wonderful. This is the part of the fruit that you eat. You might not think it is edible but I assure you, it is.
With our freshly scooped durian on a plate, we tasted a small piece. The flavor was… unique. A flavor, unlike anything I’ve ever had before. We used the durian to make banana & durian smoothies. The taste of that was pretty bold so we added some cocoa powder to mask it with a hint of chocolate. Not only did this make the flavor worse but the smoothie’s appearance was now atrocious.
My family wasn’t exactly thrilled to meet the Durian either. My dad was alarmed by its huge size. He found its true form quite frightening. My sister was utterly sickened by its scent. My mother called it the Damien.
After all the fuss it caused, Durian is now banned from our household.
Bold. Even the dude from Bazaar Foods couldn’t stomach this stuff!
No way! Well, actually, I’m not all that surprised. I think most people are repulsed by the durian’s pungent odor.
This what the internet was invented for sourcing recipes and ‘how’ to things. It is a delicacy so persevere!
Grateful as we were, I felt somewhat betrayed by the Internet for providing us with such a terrible smoothie recipe. However, I must remind myself that it was actually the durian’s fault. Not the Internet’s.
It’s like so many things, not to everyone’s taste (the fruit) we should be used to that in our particular lives. Stay with the love and change the fruit, it’s far more rewarding.
Omg as a Malaysian I can almost imagine the taste of Durian just by looking at the pictures of it. It does have a flavor like no other but to me it is home and everything significant about my homeland. I’m glad you guys dared to buy and give it a shot despite it’s appearance.
I’m always up for trying new things! I think the durian is an especially beautiful fruit and I was curious to see how it smelled. However, having now tried it, I’m not so sure I’ll ever feel the need to buy one ever again. I’ll try something new instead! ^.^
Yeah I get it. I grew up with it so I am accustomed to its strong flavor and taste but I totally understand how it can be too much.
It fascinates me to wonder how a fruit can be so popular in one country and so disliked in another. I suppose it boils down to availability and familiarity.
Yeah, it is certainly an acquired taste.
Ugh durian is so gross :S we had an international student who brought one home and made us try it as revenge for the existence of vegemite.
Both of those items are acquired tastes, I guess.
Hahaha yup! Only those who have tried the fruit will truly understand. Durian is one of a kind. And an acquired taste it must be, indeed. 😉
And I thought pawpaw smelled bad haha
Is pawpaw different than papaya?
I don’t really know… But my Mum has always called it “pawpaw” and it smells like baby vomit.
I never really researched whether there was a difference, because I couldn’t stand the smell
Haha now you’ve got me curious! Perhaps a pawpaw purchase lies in my future. X)
I’m actually going to google this now, I’m curious about whether they are actually different or not…
They are different:
Brilliant! Thanks for doing the research haha. Since this is a fruit I have not tried, I will have to do some shopping. 🙂
Good luck! Let us kniw how it goes haha
Thanks! Will do! 🙂
Smelly but tasty, I guess? 😀
It has a taste… but I’m not so sure it’s a good one haha
haha.. To be honest, I’ve tried it once but never tried it again..ever. 😀
Yup, not surprised! X) Gotta love it
I’m sorry it didn’t work out between you and the durian. I worked in the produce department of a supermarket for several years and came across many in my time there, but I never tried one.
A workmate was injured once when he grabbed one that was falling off a display, and another time customers thought there was a gas leak somewhere nearby, but in fact it was the durians that were on special.
Hahaha that’s actually really funny! You have to try one just to say you have. Yikes, the durian certainly is dangerous and I love the gas leak story! Too funny. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
i love durians! lol but i agree that opening it just amazingly hard. but next time when you buy it, you can ask the merchant to help open it for you.
and believe me, it is so delicious! you might wanna try it again;)
I never would have thought to ask the merchant to help me open the durian – thanks for the tip! 🙂
Aah , It looks like Jack Fruit , ..though It does not smell bad here , taste is sweet.And I hate it too.. but I love its seed. Yes ! Dry the seeds , and then roast it. Very crunchy!
I love durian, this article is blasphemy!
I am sorry if I have offended you. Maybe I need to give durian another chance. Haha.