The durian is a perfectly unique tropical fruit which has no comparison. You can't compare it to the soursop or jackfruit although both fruits have similar shape, size and husk colour to the durian. Durian is exquisite. There is no fruit in the world you can compare it to.
"King of Fruits" vs pretenders
The durian is totally unique with its thorny husk and smooth and creamy yellow flesh, strongly exotic taste, and sharply aromatic smell. However, the durian is often referred to as a controversial fruit. You either love it or hate it!
Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, hated the durian because he found the smell of durian nauseating and gave him a headache. Many durian detractors also complained that it smells like garbage, moldy cheese, rotting fish, rotting onions, dirty socks, bile, or vomit. The odour is so strong and pervasive that public transport such as the train do not allow passengers to bring durian into its carriages. Even the best hotels prohibit guests from bringing durian into their rooms.
A warning sign on board the Singapore MRT.
But, the proof is in the eating. What the famous 19th century naturalist, Alfred Russell Wallace, had to say after he ate his first durian in Borneo:
"A rich, butter-like custard highly flavored with almonds, but intermingled with wafts of flavor that call to mind cream cheese, onion sauce, brown sherry and other incongruities. The more you eat of it, the less you feel inclined to stop."
|D24 - an opened fruit|
|Durian drawing by a 4-year boy|
|Durian stalls displaying durians of all shapes and sizes|
|Durians of all shapes and sizes for durian lovers|
|Window to the delicious world of the durian|
|Pre-pack fresh durians at supermarkets|
|Frozen durian in boxes at the supermarket|
|Enjoying his durians as a dessert|
|Frozen durian just taken out from the freezer|
|Thawed frozen durians ready to be eaten|
This blog is all about the durian. I like to share whatever durian information and experiences about the durian that I have gathered while I was working with the Department of Agriculture. I am not a durian expert nor am I a durian planter for I do not have a durian farm or a durian tree in my backyard. I just love durian. You'll too if you start it right. And I'll show you how.
|A couple of old traditional durian trees in a village|
|A modern durian farm|