If you ever have been at an Asian market store you have probably seen many exotic fruits that aren’t available at your traditional American supermarket. One of those fruits is Durian. It looks like a large porky pine with sharp pricks that can easily hurt you. Some refer to it as the King of Fruit because of its vanilla custard-like flesh.
Durain is especially popular in the raw food community. Many famous raw food chefs, book authors or educators rave about Durian. Some absolutely think it’s the BEST fruit in the world. I was first introduced to Durian at the NYC Raw Food potluck in September. Hesitant to try it I took a little bite and somewhat liked it. It was pretty frozen and the flavor was not as pronounced.
Well, I figured to buy the whole thing and introduce my family to Durian this Thanksgiving. As I was pulling it open, I started noticing the strange smell coming from it. I tried to not let it bother me until I put a nice piece of custard in my mouth. Boy, was that bad! The smell and taste were just like yellow onion. Worse – rotten onion!!! Yuck! It was as if someone made vanilla custard and added a tablespoon of onion powder to it. Really, it was THAT BAD!
I’ve seen video reviews on Durian from other people and they usually warn that there is some stink but as long as you close your nose and just eat the custard, you should be fine. Let me tell you, even if I had sinus congestion, I wouldn’t have been able to deal with the stick. How do people think of Durian so highly, I have no idea. Even after putting in my Vitamix with some agave nectar and vanilla extract, I was not able to mask that foul smell. So I ended up throwing the whole expensive Durian out. Then I opened the windows so the onion-like fragrance would escape.
Watch my video review with Denzin for more reactions from the scene. Denzin’s face would pretty much tell you what he thought of Durian. Unless I had a “bad” durian, I don’t think we’ll be eating any of this fruit anytime in the future.
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