[nafex] website devoted to durian, "King of the fruits"

Robert Bruns r.fred.bruns at gmail.com
Thu Jan 24 14:05:31 EST 2013


You can find durian at sidewalk fruit stands in New York City.  I
tried one a couple of summers ago.  It tasted like very sweet rancid
onions.  I think you have to grow up with it to like it.

Fred

On 1/24/13, Brungardt, Sam (MPCA) <sam.brungardt at state.mn.us> wrote:
> That's pretty funny, Hector.  Here in St. Paul, there are very many South
> Asian immigrants (and food stores that cater to their ethnic foods needs).
> In many of the stores one can find frozen durian and durian that has been
> frozen then thawed.  I've also seen durian ice cream and durian blender
> drinks offered in Asian snack shops and restaurants. I have some durian
> essence (flavoring) that I've never tried, and perhaps I should test that
> first. -- Sam
>
>
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> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Hector Black
> Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:15 AM
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> Subject: Re: [nafex] website devoted to durian, "King of the fruits"
>
> Hi Sam,
>      We found one at a market in Vancouver and I was excited to try the
> "queen of tropical fruits"   We brought it to our hotel room (I've heard of
> hotel signs that read "no dogs or durians").  The moment we cut it the smell
> was really bad.  My son-in-law who has lost his sense of smell tried it and
> liked it, but the rest of us couldn't get it past our noses.  I remember we
> had a real problem disposing of it - had to get it out of our room.  Several
> plastic bags did the trick.    Hector
> On Jan 24, 2013, at 9:58 AM, Jwlehman at aol.com wrote:
>
>> In a message dated 1/23/2013 10:47:19 AM Eastern Standard Time,
>> sam.brungardt at state.mn.us writes:
>>
>>> I though others on this list might enjoy a website devoted to a
>>> controversial fruit, the durian:
>>> http://www.yearofthedurian.com/p/durian-recipes.html .
>>>
>>> It has a very thorough review of the durian, how to open it, recipes,
>>> cultivar info, etc.
>>>
>>
>> Hi Sam,
>>
>> In my travels I've had the opportunity to experience durian several times.
>>
>> The first when in China. We walked past a fruit stand in a market and
>> the clerk spoke English. He asked if I wanted to buy one with a grin on
>> his face.
>> I smelled it which had a distinct odor of limburger cheese. I turned
>> up my noise and said no thanks.
>>
>> The second time was in Thailand where we were the personal home guests
>> of a Physician and US educated nurse wife for dinner. They served
>> traditional Thai dishes and for desert, local fruits both fresh and
>> prepared. Their kitchen servant had pealed the durian which without the
>> smell was very eatable.
>> Barbara didn't care for it.
>>
>> As I understand it the USDA didn't permit durian being imported
>> because of the very unpleasant odor. There are breeding programs of
>> durian to reduce the limburger odor and improve taste and now the USDA
>> has relaxed the importation restriction of Durian.
>>
>> So if any members of this net see one in a store, hold your nose and
>> explore it.
>>
>> Jerry
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