[NAFEX] Fruit fans create a stink over odourless durian

Jwlehman at aol.com Jwlehman at aol.com
Thu Apr 12 14:39:19 EDT 2007

In a message dated 4/12/2007 1:24:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time, dtv at mwt.net 

> 12/04/2007 - A scientist in Thailand has reported success in a  
> decades-long quest to produce an odourless variety of the infamous  
> durian fruit - but aficionados claim this amounts to removal of  
> fruit's most appealing quality.
> The green, spiky durian fruit, native to South East Asia, is widely  
> thought to be the smelliest in the world. 

Don't know how many of our readers have been to Thailand or smelled durian 
elsewhere, but to my smeller it smells like limburger cheese, mildly. It for 
sure isn't an appealing aroma. Barbara didn't taste it, I did and liked it and 
had seconds. Maybe the purists wish to have the objectionable odor, but as 
someone who wasn't born there I'd think the odorless new variety would be a vast 

My congratulations to Dr. Songpol Somsri, senior agricultural scientist at 
the Horticulture Research Institute of Thailand's Department of Agriculture, for 
his breeding success. Maybe we will see this fruit in American markets in the 


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