DURIAN. This offensively stinky fruit has been on my wish list of foods-to-try. The time has come to put the durian’s rotten reputation to the test! Watch this short video about my experience with the “king of fruits” here in northern Thailand.
The durian has a very distinctive odor. Like a dumpster filled with month-old onions. If you’re within a hundred feet of a durian, you’ll smell it. In fact, the odor is so strong that the fruit is banished in certain hotels and public transportation. Some think the smell is revolting, but I think it’s aroma is sweet and inviting.
Imagine biting into a stick of butter that’s laced with garlic. That’s what a durian tastes like. It’s rich, buttery and flavorful. When you bite into a ripe durian, it melts in your mouth. It’s soft, juicy, and plump. The meat of the fruit is shaped like a little loaf. Perfectly shaped for easy eating, but your hands will get messy!
Durian is delicious. I love its strange, pungent odor and its buttery, flavorful taste. Andrew Zimmern – the host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods – can’t stand the smell or taste of durian. It’s the one food that he can’t stomach. That’s why in the video, I take a friendly shot at him.
Thanks for watching!