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When strolling through Thai markets or supermarkets, passing the fruit section, you may notice an unfamiliar, and somewhat pungent, smell. This is the unusual aroma of Durian.

When strolling through Thai markets or supermarkets, passing the fruit section, you may notice an unfamiliar, and somewhat pungent, smell. This is the unusual aroma of Durian.


Appearance:

In its uncut form, it can be recognised by its brownish green thorn like tough skin. Once opened, the flesh is typically a pale yellow or cream colour, but some types of the 'King Fruits', as it is locally nicknamed, can be red or bright yellow.


Taste, Smell, and Texture:

The fruit is often referred to as tasting like a creamy almond custard. Upon eating the fruit, you will notice that it is soft, smooth and has no juice. Many also like to eat it due to its nutritional value as it is high in protein and carbohydrates. That being said, the fruit’s odour has been noted as being incredibly strong and off putting. It is not uncommon for high class supermarkets, restaurants and even hotels to have signs present that state 'No Durian' due to its smell, as many westerners in particular will steer clear of it.


Uses:

Durian fruit can be eaten raw just like any other fruit. It is common in Thailand for it to be mixed with pumpkin and transformed into a paste. The paste is a dark burnt orange colour and is sold in tubes. It is then used as fillings for foods such as pies, cakes and biscuits. Western foods such as milkshakes and ice creams have been given a Thai twist with durian flavouring being added to them, turning the fruit into drinks and desserts.


Customs:

People within Thailand and throughout other Asian countries such as Malaysia and China, believe that to eat the fruit with alcohol is bad for you. An Asian Myth states it causes bad breath, which in turn reduces the body's ability by 70% to release harmful toxins.

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