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That Vile, Smelly Fruit

One thing I noticed when I first visited Asia was how different the fruit is out here compared to back in Europe. The apples are bigger, the pears are bigger, and there are a whole series of monster sized fruit: Pomelo, Jackfruit and Durian.

Ah, the Durian.

How I hate this vile, smelly fruit!

What’s more annoying is that my loathing of this fruit isn’t shared by the local population.

Most Durian are grown in Thailand. So I’ve seen quite a few of the fruits on sale in Bangkok. I also spotted them in Malaysia. But it’s nothing compared to the wild opularity of the fruit in Southern China. The Cantonese just go absolutely crazy for this fruit:

What's this Southern China fruit store's best selling fruit? Can you guess?

What’s this Southern China fruit store’s best selling fruit? Can you guess?

The thing is that Durian isn’t exactly cheap either. It’s an imported fruit for a start. Plus a whole Durian would cost many Chinese people over a day’s wages.

So what do I hate about Durian? Mostly the foul smell that allows me to detect a Durian fruit seller from around 50 yards away.

Many other people hate the smell of Durians. In fact they’re actually banned from the Bangkok metro:

No Durian! A sign on the Bangkok metro system.

No Durian! A sign on the Bangkok metro system.

One day I’m gonna take a fruit on there and see what they’re gonna do about it!!!

Well if you do like Durian for some reason, then in this Bangkok weekend market you can actually buy your own Durian tree:

Durian saplings for sale in a Bangkok market.

Durian saplings for sale in a Bangkok market.

I’ll warn you though, if you grow a Durian tree then just don’t walk under it when the fruit are ripening. One of these spiky babies falls off and you’re in for some serious head injuries.

So what does Durian taste like?

Well it tastes like shit of course. But in a way, it’s oddly addictive.

Have YOU got any Durian related stories? Do you actually like the taste? Post your comments below…

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