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

Chris Kennel ckennel at gmail.com
Thu Jan 24 16:15:08 EST 2013


I've had durian in Thailand and Indonesia and like some varieties more than others. Fred's description reminded me of a similar one: eggnog mixed with onions. 

Chris Kennel
Denver, CO


On Jan 24, 2013, at 11:05 AM, Robert Bruns <r.fred.bruns at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
>> 
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
>> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Hector Black
>> Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:15 AM
>> To: nafex mailing list at ibiblio
>> 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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