Friday, 24 March 2017

Trying Durian

Whilst you are in Thailand you must try the fruit Durian - it is not for everyone however...

The durian (/ˈdjʊriən/)[2] is the fruit of several tree species belonging to the genus Durio. The name "durian" is derived from the Malay-Indonesian languages word for duri or "spike", a reference to the numerous spike protuberances of the fruit.
The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb). Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale yellow to red, depending on the species.

Some people regard the durian as having a pleasantly sweet fragrance; others find the aroma overpowering with an unpleasant odour. The smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust, and has been described variously as rotten onions, turpentine, and raw sewage. The persistence of its odour, which may linger for several days, has led to the fruit's banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in Southeast Asia.

The local markets near the side of the road will sell you it to you whilst they are still in the spiky casings and some of the shops will sell it to you wrapped in clingfilm.
The local markets is my choice to buying it - they may well offer you a couple of pieces and this is certainly worth doing.
It is entertaining watching the people purchasing the durian hit it with something and listen carefully to ascertain whether they are going to purchase one!

I don't know where this image came from though...

NOTE: I cannot eat Durian - but I tried it...