[NAFEX] King of fruits?

Hector Black hblack1925 at fastmail.fm
Thu Sep 17 08:45:59 EDT 2009

We saw a durian at an asian market in either Seattle or Vancouver.  I'd heard it described as the "Queen of tropical fruits" and bought one, packaged nicely in a net bag.  We took it up to our hotel room, everyone gathered around with great expectation as my son-in-law took a knife to open it.  There were these balls of custardy creamy white stuff inside the firmer flesh.  But the odor permeated the whole room in no time.  Smelled like sh*t,  The only one who could get it past the nose was my son-in-law who can't smell at all.  We didn't know what to do with it -  had to get it out of the room as the odor was sickening.  Wrapped it in plastic and paper several times and dropped it off .  Now I understand why some hotels in the orient have signs reading "No durians allowed".  hector black  middle tn
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Stephen Sadler 
  To: 'North American Fruit Explorers' 
  Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 12:40 AM
  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] King of fruits?

  Anyone watch Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern?  He travels the world eating weird stuff: eyeballs, bugs, cheese with live maggots, still-moving tentacles, that sort of thing.  The only thing he found so vile and disgusting that he immediately threw up afterward was durian.  


  ~ Stephen


  From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Kieran &/or Donna
  Sent: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 9:12 PM
  To: North American Fruit Explorers
  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] King of fruits?


  Kevin,  You have it wrong.  It's gingko fruit that smells like dirty diapers.  Durian merely smells like onions and garlic mixed with fruit.  My husband says the onions and garlic are rotten, but I say not.  He says it tastes vile too.  I have eaten only a little bit of frozen durian, thought it was ok.  I'd probably like it fresh.    Donna  


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