It’s mid August and sadly, we’re not in South East Asia. Stuck at home in Australia, waiting as patiently as possible for the virus to end, we’re a little disappointed that we’re missing this year’s durian season. Durians are a must try taste sensation for every foodie-traveler. But be prepared, they’re not like anything you’ve ever tasted before!
The next time you find yourself wandering through a local market in South East Asia and you come across an unfamiliar odour that shocks your senses, permeates your nostrils and makes you gag, it’s most likely that highly controversial, super stinky, spiky skinned fruit, the durian.
Weighing in at between 1-3 kilos and shaped a bit like a football, this weird looking, dangerously thorny fruit houses pod like rows of large seeds that are incased in a creamy textured flesh, ranging in colour from the palest yellow to an orangey-red. But its appearance alone is not what makes this fruit unique.
The most totally loved and completely hated fruit in the world; once you’ve experienced durian there’s rarely a middle ground – you either can’t get enough of it or you never want that disgusting thing near you again!
It’s the smell that does it. Pungent and all encompassing, the odour of durian seriously overpowers every other scent around; and that’s before you even cut it open! If there’s a durian seller nearby, you’ll know it; you can pick up the scent from 100 meters away. Oh, and it lingers and lingers. Pop a whole durian in the boot of your car, take it out 10 minutes later and we promise, your car will smell like durian for the next 3 days! The smell is so overpowering and enduring, simply carrying a durian into a hotel or onto public transport is now banned in many countries, in Singapore it can set you back $500.00!