Durian - World Smelliest Fruit Ever

Topics: Olfaction, Durian, Odor Pages: 2 (620 words) Published: November 2, 2014

Durian is one of the naturally strongest smelling fruits I have ever come across. And apparently I am not the only one who feels that way. It is actually forbidden to even have any of the fruit with you on public transport and in some hotels because its odor is considered so revolting by some. One thing’s for sure: it seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it kind of food. Growing on trees in moist, tropical climates throughout Southeast Asia, durians have a limited season and an extremely short shelf life. The fruit, each weighing several pounds, plummets down, already reeking with its characteristic aroma. Because of the short duration of tasty ripeness, durians are expensive. They seemed to average about $10/kilogram but highly prized varieties can go for $30/kilogram. A quick search through the internet reveals a range of interesting descriptions of the fruit from the flattering, “… a food of the most exquisite flavor it is unsurpassed,” to the slightly less-than, “Its taste can only be described as…in describable, something you will either love or despise…Your breath will smell as if you had been French-kissing your dead grandmother.” I am from Southeast Asia so of course I had many chances to taste this most special fruit. When I came to Canada, I did not think I could find durian here because with natives, they do not even know what durian is. So I wonder, “Huhm…Maybe I can find it in Chinatown?” And I am right! I did not have to look far. Durian is everywhere – from ice cream, custards, pastries to the hard candies and of course fresh whole big durians. For one, durian does not have an exoskeleton to go crunch when you take a bite. Once you chop through those threatening spikes, the durian is a soft cream-filled delight that is not scary or particularly disgusting at all. Finding a perfectly delicious durian can be difficult even for me. Especially here I did not have a choice when choosing durian because they are all frozen! They cost me $6.99 for a frozen box...
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