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.
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.