Durian, a fruit some may love and others may hate. That is because no other fruit creates such conflicting opinions about its taste and smell. I too have a love and hate relationship with durian fruit. Also known as the ‘king of fruits’ and ‘the most stinkiest fruit’, durian is seen throughout southeast Asia (Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines). The greenish color with hedgehog shaped durian is savored like wine or truffles but is popular for having the smell of gym socks to aroma of hazelnuts!
So why does this fruit has a conflicting reputation when it comes to its taste and smell? Well if you love durian, you may describe the taste as buttery custard and that it smells too good, it feels strong. On the flip side, if you don’t like durian fruit, you may say it tastes like rotten onions and smells like gym socks.
The consistency of durian is very creamy like avocados. The flavor is surprisingly mild compared to exotic fruits like guava or papaya. When it is cut open, it is filled with silky white-yellow color flesh. The taste from popular tasters is that it is a rich caramel-custard flavor. The taste is neither acidic, sweet or juicy but for some reason it just tastes perfect leaving the smell aside! Seems the more you eat it, the less you smell it. Whether you want to try it or have tried it, the durian fruit will not let you forget about it for sure.
Singapore is so passionate about this fruit that they have modeled a durian at the Esplanade Performing arts Center. However, the fruit is forbidden on their subways and is banned from most hotels. Though the fruit itself is banned, there are great desserts that come out of this ‘stinky’ fruit.
Some Durian Desserts
One thing I would say about eating durian fruit is, buy it and eat it outside so the smell won’t follow you home. You might be surprised to find that durian is better than cheese or wine. So if you haven’t had it, try it at least once. I’d say it is worth trying. Be sure to hold your nose though and let your taste buds lead you to durian bliss!