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

C. Waite Maclin cwaitemaclin at me.com
Thu Jan 24 15:07:53 EST 2013


Hi Hector. When I lived in the Philippines, working for the US Peace Corps, Durian was either loved or loathed. Many hotels would not allow them to be brought to the rooms. Thanks, Waite
On Jan 24, 2013, at 11:42 AM, Brungardt, Sam (MPCA) 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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> -----Original Message-----
> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Hector Black
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> 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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