[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
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.


  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

    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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