Hail to the King


ALL RISE! Say hello to the Durian, known in Việt Nam as sầu riêng.

It's the Lebron of the East! Known throughout Southeast Asia as the 'king of fruits', isn't it obvious why? The beast is covered in spikes and has a smell that bans it from subways in Singapore. Says food writer Richard Sterling:

"..its odor is best described as pig-sh*t, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. It can be smelled from yards away."

Chill buddy. I think most people exaggerate the odor but hey, I might just be more immune. Yeah, it's an acquired aroma, but nothing like the back end of a swine. Nevertheless, people out East appreciate the beauty of this fruit, and pay top dollar for freshly harvested Durian.


Don't F with this fruit. It can kill you. King does what it wants.


Crack open the outer shell and behold 4 to 5 compartments housing large seeds as well as the infamous flesh [edible part]. There's actually tons of varieties of King D., so you may get big or small seeds, with a flesh color ranging from pale blond (above) to bright yellow. Eat 'em all.


The texture is creamy like custard. Once in your mouth it's complexity to the fullest. The flavor is pretty much indescribable. Sort of like a velvety, rich...no words. Don't let the smell dissuade you. It's pure global within.



Stay pungent.

8 comments:

Izrun said...

I wonder if they sell those in Austin. Looks delicious, and I need to smell it. Not sure the Wife will appreciate it though...

Mike Corsini said...

Got nothing on the QUEEN.

Megan said...

so... the flavor is good, but the smell is not? How does THAT work?

A. Rizzi said...

Some like the smell..some hate it. You'll just have to sample to find out all the truths of THE KING.

Nick said...

haha, Durian. The first time I had it, I couldn't believe it was a legit fruit. Anyways, they sell them frozen, whole, in my chinatown, I think.

Megan said...

yeah, bring one with you when you come back to reality and i'll eat it.

gaga said...

My mom used to keep it in the fridge and it was the best diet ever because I wouldn't go near the fridge while it was in there!

Anonymous said...

i cant believe you guys dont like them! durian is an aquired taste and smell. to me it smells very good! espeicially in smoothies. bombtastic

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