[NAFEX] King of fruits? Cross cultural dislikes

loneroc loneroc at countryspeed.com
Fri Sep 18 07:04:23 EDT 2009


In my experience, the North American food that has gotten the strongest reaction from European visitors is maple syrup---they (with a few exceptions) consider it disgusting--gaggingly vile.  One might like to think that Aunt Jemimah were to blame, but I only use the real stuff and the reaction  has been the same.

Steve Herje
SW WI USA
USDA  zone 3
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  The best thing about durian, in my humble opinion, is how quickly it spells out the cultural differences between the American taste buds & Asian cultures.  I've had a number of Asian friends over the years who do think durian is the king of fruits.  It would be interesting to discover what flavors from North America make them retch.


  ~mIEKAL




  On Sep 17, 2009, at 7:52 AM, Ginda Fisher wrote:


    I saw fresh durian for sale in Boston's Chinatown on Monday.  I didn't have the courage to buy it, though.  I have a very strong sense of smell, and while I often enjoy sour, bitter, or astringent foods I don't generally like ill-scented ones.


    -- Ginda

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    Hector Black wrote:


    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
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