While walking through the aisles of vegetables we came upon the king of fruits. The label said ‘Fresh Durians – Specials $29.99/kg’. How we missed the pungent smell. To us, the smell is heavenly but to many, durian is the most smelly fruit on earth. Most of the durians sold in are local (NZ) supermarkets are frozen ones imported from Thailand.
Durian is native to Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. Although the durian is not native to Thailand, the country is currently one of the major exporters of durians.
In the Philippines, the centre of durian production is the Davao Region. The Kadayawan Festival is an annual celebration featuring the durian in Davao City. Other places where durian farms are located include Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, the West Indies, Florida, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea, the Polynesian Islands, Madagascar, southern China (Hainan Island), northern Australia, and Singapore.
Durian is a seasonal fruit, typically from June to August. It is a thorny hedgehog-shaped fruit, average weight of 1.5kg. The flesh is sweet and creamy and it has a big seed. It has a very strong smell so you either love it or hate it. The odour is so strong that if you are not brave enough, you won’t ever dare to take a bite. Almost all hotels in Singapore and Malaysia has the ‘No durians allowed’ sign due to its strong aroma.
Durians are made into cakes, sweets and ice cream so if you are not daring enough, start with the ice cream, hold your nose and let your taste buds lead you to bliss. In time, your palate may mature and then you could start licking the creamy flesh.
Anyone for durians?