Friday, October 16, 2009

Thorny Delight

Some have called it the most offensive thing mother nature has to offer. Some have claimed that the smell can repel an invading army of angry barbarians (if that fails, you can still cause major damage by throwing the shells at them). But there is no denying that it is one of the most popular food in this part of the world.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the "King of Fruits"... the Durian.

If you are not familiar with this controversial produce, the Durian is a popular fruit in the tropical South East Asia. In countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, most locals have gotten used to the peculiar yet endearing odour of this fruit. However, most foreigners seem to find it an acquired taste at best and outright disgusting at worst.

Regardless of how people think of it, the thorny green exterior and the golden mushy meat inside never fails to make me salivate everytime I see / smell it. Since now is the Durian season, I was blessed with the pleasure of enjoying this delightful fruit again.

Here are a couple of pictures to share with you:

The thorny shell makes the Durian notoriously difficult to handle.

Durian..glorious Durian!


  1. No wonder you call your blog smelly but lovely!

  2. Hehehe...that's right. Just like my pillow :D

  3. I had read about that fruit in some mag.
    Lovely writeup

  4. I have never tried this fruit but would like to. I would like to know how many carbohydrates it contains and/or if it can be eaten by diabetics.

  5. Hi, Shirley. Thanks for dropping by!
    While I am not a nutritionist, I did find the following site that could be helpful to you:

    I also read that it might not be good for diabetics in general.
    It is always advisable to consult a doctor if there are any doubts.

  6. At a specialty Asian food store near where I live, they had a freezer case full of durian. When I opened it, the smell was overwhelming, nearly knocked me to the floor. I've eaten cheese that smelled horrible, and even kidneys and brains, but I haven't the courage to try it. I'll wait for the fresh stuff.

  7. Wow! That's really saying about the smell, considering all the other stuffs that you have tried.

    I'm not sure if fresh durian will be any improvement in that aspect, though.

  8. I have heard of this fruit, but never smelled or tasted it. It's intringuing just knowing that even with the offensive aroma so many find it irresistable. Thanks for sharing. You have a great site.
    Happy Twirls

  9. Thanks for dropping by, Libby. Love your blog too!