The Durian: King of All Fruits

Is it a weapon or can we eat it?

The sharp thorns of the Durian
The sharp thorns of the Durian
Durian banned on Singapore Mass Rapid Transit
Durian banned on Singapore Mass Rapid Transit
Are Durian and King Koopa Cousins?
Are Durian and King Koopa Cousins?
Durian contains some of the highest concentrations of hydrogen sulfide found in a fruit
Durian contains some of the highest concentrations of hydrogen sulfide found in a fruit

The Enduring Durian

Having written an article on "The Mangosteen: Queen of all Fruits" (and now, "The Jackfruit: The Jack of All Fruits") I believed it only fitting that I write an article on "The Durian: King of all Fruits" as these three indigenous fruits certainly rule (and perhaps ruin) the world...In one article I researched, one writer wrote the following when describing the Durian's appearance: "It has a spiky-football-shape and looks quite dangerous to touch." I thought she was accurate enough when saying so.

Whereas the Mangosteen is loved throughout the world for its delicious favorable flavor, the Durian is infamous for its odor. Many despise it while others bask in its "aroma." The fact stands that no other fruit in the world garners such love/hate opinions: You either love in or hate it. There doesn't seem to be any middle ground. The best example of this is in Singapore where its citizen love and hate the presence and odor or aroma of the Durian. On its Mass Rapid Transit line, the law prohibits its passengers from boarding while carrying a Durian, yet a high-tech building, the "Esplanade 4" was proudly constructed and was inspired by the infamous fruit. Here are just some of the "Durian-similes" I found regarding the scent or stench of the Durian:

  • Like month-old unwashed gym socks
  • Like carrion and more carrion...
  • Like the city dump on a hot summer day

Still, some say that Durian, "Smells like Hell and tastes like heaven." Others who have tried it hated it at first but then grew fond of it later on. Safe to say that for those of you that do enjoy its acquired taste, there are many ways to enjoy the Durian. Provided in this article/hub are pictures of the following: Durian Ice Cream from Nestle Waters, a Durian Yule Log, Durian Chips, Durian Flan, Durian Cake, Durian Pastries, Durian Sugar Wafers, and Durian Candy. So love it or hate, the mass popularity and the high demand for the Durian, the King of All Fruits promises that it will be around for a long, long time.

Click to enlarge

Durian Flowers
Durian Flowers
A Statue of the Durian
A Statue of the Durian
Durian Cartoon
Durian Cartoon
Durian T-Shirt
Durian T-Shirt

Fun and Interesting Facts About Durian

The following is information you may not have known about Durian:

  • A single Durian can weigh as much as 7 pounds (3 kilos) and grow up to 12 inches long (30 cm) and 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter
  • The oldest Durian trees produce the highest quality Durian
  • Are native to Borneo and Sumatra
  • Are found wild or semi-wild in Lower Burma (Myanmar) and the Malaysian peninsula
  • Is commonly cultivated in Southeastern India, Ceylon, and New Guinea
  • Singapore is a country that was so inspired by the Durian that it constructed a building naming it the "Esplanade 4"
  • Singapore is a country that is so disgusted by the smell of the Durian that it banned it from its Mass Rapid Transit line
  • In many airports, hotels, and other public places, Durian are prohibited by law
  • Thailand and Malaysia are among the world's top producers of Durian; the two countries are also known to produce the best quality Durian throughout the world
  • In Thailand, there are over 300 named species of Durian
  • Durian are actually capsules in which edible parts are called arils
  • Durian and Mangosteen make up some of the only 1% of the world's "arillate" fruits
  • Standing underneath a Durian tree is considered highly dangerous, as a free-falling Durian is known to be fatal upon impact
  • Durian trees grow between 27 and 40 meters (between 88 and 130 feet)
  • The leaves of the Durian are highly fragrant
  • Its flower has 3 petals with 5-lobed bell-shaped calyx that are 2 to 3 inches long
  • In several tropical countries such as Borneo, the husks of the Durian is used to smoke meats
  • It is a known fact that you should not drink any carbonated drinks (like beer) while eating Durian as it has been known to cause serious bowel damage and could quite possibly lead to death

Durian Cake
Durian Cake

Click to enlarge

Durian Wafers
Durian Wafers
Durian Ice Cream from Nestle?
Durian Ice Cream from Nestle?
Durian Candy...Great for Halloween!
Durian Candy...Great for Halloween!
Durian Flan
Durian Flan
Durian Flavored Yule Log
Durian Flavored Yule Log
Durian Chips
Durian Chips

Durian (Durio zibethinus)
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 150 kcal 620 kJ Carbohydrates 27.09 g - Dietary fiber 3.8 g Fat 5.33 g Protein 1.47 g Water 65g Vitamin C 19.7 mg 33% Potassium 436 mg 9% Edible parts only, raw or frozen.
Refuse: 68% (Shell and seeds)
Source: USDA Nutrient database[40]
Percentages are relative to US
recommendations for adults.

The Many Ways in Which to Enjoy Durian

There's no better way to enjoy Durian than to eat it raw. However, this could prove to be a very costly habit if Durian is readily available in your part of the Jungle. Keep in mind that fresh Durian is most potent and releases an odor even when its hull is closed! Fresh Durian are among the most expensive fruit and could cost upwards of $4 or more depending on the locale. A cheaper alternative is to buy in frozen. This is definitely a great option, as only the "meat" or aril is kept so there's no need to fuss over prying it open (some people use a potholder and butcher knife combo in doing so).

Some Tips on Durian Consumption

If you enjoy Durian, you should have some consideration for those who do not like its strong cologne. Here are some helpful "Don'ts":

  • Do not burp after eating Durian, it lingers like no tomorrow
  • Do not kiss your better half after eating Durian unless you wanted to break-up or wanted to sleep on the couch anyway
  • Do not stand underneath a Durian tree unless you have a deathwish
  • Do not leave durian in your fridge uncovered, otherwise EVERYTHING will smell like Durian!
  • Do not mix Durian with carbonated drinks...You'll be sorry if you do
  • Do not store Durian in your car on a hot summer's day...You might have to sell your car if you do...And good luck trying to find a motivated buyer

How to Choose a Good Durian (Please try not to laugh)

  • Pick the Durian that is comparatively the lightest out of the bunch
  • Durian with big, solid stems are best
  • Shake your Durian...Its seeds should rattle
  • A good sign of a ripened Durian is when it exudes a strong but not sour scent
  • The thorns of the Durian should be stiff and strong, not brittle
  • Watch out for holes in your Durian, as they are good signs of worm infestation
  • When impaling the Durian with a knife, it should come out sticky


The Truth Comes/ Reeks Out

Yes, I'll admit it...I am a fan of the Durian! I've tried different varieties of Durian, such as Durian Sugar Wafers is one of my favorites. However, nothing beats fresh Durian straight out of its hull. Just a tip, if you do eat Durian, don't burp. It's smells awful to those who aren't wild about it. And don't dare to kiss your better half after indulging yourself in the Durian Dream as such senseless act could well lead to break-up or an over-nighter on Sofa City! If you're wondering what Durian tastes like, I'd say it tastes something like the cross between white chocolate and onions. In either case, it truly is a unique and "different" taste experience. So if you are fortunate (or unfortunate enough) to get the opportunity to taste Durian, I hope you do like it. Either way, you'll be in a 50/50 category such is the case! Thank you for reading.

The Esplanade 4 in Singapore
The Esplanade 4 in Singapore

I'm Lookin' For Some Hub Lovin', Love (Hub 20/30)

More by this Author

  • An Introduction To Sticky Rice
    132

    Before even diving into a hot basket of steaming sticky rice, make sure you do a temperature test much the same way you stick your big toe in a lake before jumping in (although I don't recommend you trying the exact...

  • The Mangosteen: Queen of All Fruits
    57

    Lots of Mangosteen, Courtesy of kylestamper.com A mangosteen is a tropical fruit that grows in Southeast Asia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. Although the root word, "mango" is ever present in its...

  • Unexploded Ordnance in Laos - UXO LAO
    89

    A US-B1 Lancer dropping cluster bombs For over twenty years after the fall of Saigon in 1975, the US had vehemently denied allegations that they spearheaded the most ruthless bombing campaign the world had ever known....


Comments 196 comments

BJC profile image

BJC 7 years ago from Florida

I've never heard of it before, but it sounds very interesting.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, BJC. Like I said, once you encounter it, you're going to love it or absolutely hate it as there is no in-between. There is another case where as you'll hate yourself for liking how it taste because you THINK you're supposed to hate it. I know it sounds weird, but that is exactly what happened to me!


aurrorra profile image

aurrorra 7 years ago from Houston

Wow, I didn't know that this durian fruit existed! Thanks.


shibashake profile image

shibashake 7 years ago

I stay away from Durians as much as I can. My parents love the stuff. Ummmm - Durian scented water - good times.

Liked all your Durians dos and don'ts. Don't put it in the refrigerator as it will make everything else smell really bad :)


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Aurrorra--Wow, you're the second person to tell me that you've never heard of Durian! If this keeps up, I'm gonna be sending some Durian fruit baskets to hubbers for the holidays! (Don't think I won't!) Thanks for reading!

shibashake-Yes! You know of the Durian! Are you Japanese BTW? I just might steal that fridge idea as I didn't mention it. Thanks!


Cris A profile image

Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

dohn

But of course I know durian if I see or smell one! LOL And I agree, it's a love me or hate me thingy with durians so I go neutral at best, I settle for the candied stuff. I have friends in Davao so I don't run out of supply :D


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

That's great to hear, Cris. I do like it, but have to be careful about eating it and have to think ahead about whether or not I'm going to have guests over...You gotta be proactive to eat the damn thing, like a shuttle launch! Thanks for dropping in!


shibashake profile image

shibashake 7 years ago

I grew up in Malaysia - durian heaven :) But I suppose the mangosteens and other food make up for it. The local food in Malaysia is quite awesome.

Now I am hungry. :)Send me some dim sum.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Haha! I love dim sum. I was thinking about harassing my big brother to go in with me on the idea, but restaurants are always so iffy--especially in this down economy. Dim sum would definitely hit the spot right about now :)


expectus profile image

expectus 7 years ago from Land Downunder

like this hub a lot, I always end up seeing durian fruit at the shops and going up to grab it and always make a fool of myself as I always forget how spikey it is hehe.

I didn't know this fact, its scary they should have a warning on them "It is a known fact that you should not drink any carbonated drinks (like beer) while eating Durian as it has been known to cause serious bowel damage and could quite possibly lead to death" thanks for the good read dohn121


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes. I definitely agree with you, expectus. The thing with fruit is tricky...Who would one sue if someone was to get seriously harmed by it? It's nuts, because no one really created it per se!

I saw this one video on Youtube where this real Italian family (everyone was speaking in Italian) that was opening and eating the Durian for the first time. It was quite comical because the eldest son was cutting it open with a potholder and a huge butcher knife. At first he tried to do it without the mitt but got hurt!


emievil profile image

emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

Oh wow. This is a fruit that either you love or you hate. I used to hate it but now I can eat one or two pieces (not the whole fruit though!). But my husband and some of my friends, they can eat one whole fruit each! And in Davao, there are places where you can eat all the durian you want. My friends would sometimes go there for lunch (durian is their lunch), when they come back to the office, they all smell of durian, are red in color and are very hot to the touch. The things people do to eat their favorite durian =).


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I think that I was the same way. I was disgusted that my parents liked it and my older siblings liked it and then suddenly, WHAM! I was all about Durian! And it wasn't nearly as available here as it is in the Philippines. It's really expensive (more back then) fetching about $10 for just one.

I didn't know that Durian makes you hot. That's really interesting!


Roth Sok 7 years ago

This fruit is delicious semi frozen, like ice cream. It's made into a syrup and served on sticky rice as a popular streetside dessert in Cambodia. It's a real delicacy. If you haven't tried it as yet, you're missing out!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Wow. I can't say that I have, Roth. That's really fascinating. Thank you for sharing that!


blondepoet profile image

blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

WOw I have never seen a fruit like that. It is like a viking monster isn't it? Oh this whole hub was totally tantalising. Well done Dohn. xo


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

LOL. It definitely ranks up there with the scariest fruits...Get it, RANKS? I'll stop...Thanks, BP! You're the greatest!


An Archigirl profile image

An Archigirl 7 years ago

Fun and factual!I Like it:)I wonder if this fruit is from the same family as The Jack Fruit, which is much less spikey,but looks similar.It tastes awful if eaten green but delicious when ripe,has a really strong odur too. I wonder if the durian fruit is similar in taste.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Funny that you should mention that! The Jackfruit is next on my list to write an article on. The Jackfruit is a lot firmer than the Durian and young Jackfruit can be pickled or used in soups and curries. But when it's ripe, the Jackfruit becomes well, a fruit--as it is very sweet and tasty. I actually prefer ripened Jackfruit from the can!


cosette 7 years ago

omgsh i used to think kiwis were funny looking. i bet if someone took one on an airplane people would yell "grenade!" and start ducking. this has to be one of the most insightful and informative hubs i have read on here so far. groovy, Dohn!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

LOL. I'm not even sure if they'd like you board a plane with such a stinky friend who looks like a spikey football. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I had a lot of fun writing this.


Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America

How interesting! I have not seen a durian in any of our markets here, but Thai friends used to speak of them. I am glad you wrote this hub. Thumbs up!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Patty. In my new neighborhood, there's an Asian food store about 7 miles away that sell them, but you have to get there early or else they are sold out by the end of the night! I appreciate your comment!


emievil profile image

emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

dohn, durian here is called an aphrodisiac =). Don't know if it's true though. And you're right, it's cheaper here (like less than $1.00 per fruit if it's really in season).


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You, know what? I think I read somewhere that it was...If you don't mind, I'm going to add that little tidbit to this hub. Geez, if I could buy Durian for a dollar, I could easily make a 6 or 7 dollar profit easy!


M.R. Jie profile image

M.R. Jie 7 years ago from USA

Interesting facts about the Durian :) Thanks. I heard about this recently on the travel channel-Bizzare Food and everyone he interviewed said it smelled like stinky feet.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I actually left out some of the vile opinions that I found on-line about Durian as I wanted to keep this article somewhat family-oriented! Thank you for the feedback.


Camping Dan profile image

Camping Dan 7 years ago

I had seen these at the local asian market but had no idea what it was or what to do with it.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you for your comment, Dan. Whatever you do with it, just follow my instructions and you should be fine, no kidding. This fruit is stinky and should not be overlooked! Buyer Beware...


juicerlove profile image

juicerlove 7 years ago

Very interesting fruit. I've never seen it before, but that's probably because I just never looked for it. I got to see it in person.

On a side note, do you think you could run it through a juicer?


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I don't see why you can't run it through a juicer. Just be aware that the arils are stringy, much like pumpkin. You should probably take out the seeds too by hand. There aren't that many of them, by the way maybe 10 or 12 in one Durian and their the size of acorns.

Funny thing, I used to work in an organic food store that had a juice bar and I was the juice man. I made probably around 25 or 30 juices in a day. I bet apple and carrot would go well with it, with maybe a strawberry or two. The acids may just cut some of the, er, scent.

Thanks for visiting, juicerlove!


juicerlove profile image

juicerlove 7 years ago

Thanks for the tips! Apples and carrots go well with anything, so its probably a good start to get used to this fruit. Also, maybe a lemon or some citrus fruit could help cut the smell as well.


emievil profile image

emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

juicerlove er, I don't think the lemon or citrus fruit will work. Trust me on this =).

Hey dohn, here's another tidbit. I once packed a durian fruit inside a box so that I can board it on a plane from Davao to Manila. A couple of hours later, I found some ants on the box, but none inside or even on the durian fruit itself! Even ants are turned off by the smell LOL.


alwaysabridesmaid profile image

alwaysabridesmaid 7 years ago

Very Nice fruit..

Thanks.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I'll second that notion...If you are bold enough to ingest the fruit, you'll overlook/enjoy its scent!

That's really interesting, emievil. I never knew that! Maybe you could keep empty gourds around the house to ward-off pesky insects all together!

Thank you, alwaysabridesmaid! I hope you give it a try someday.


emievil profile image

emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

Dohn, LOL, the house will smell like durian. By the way, have you tried eating durian candies, pastries and even durian polvoron? =) the last one is another Filipino dessert.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I've had durian hard candy before but not the pastries. I guess that it all comes down to supply and demand in terms of availability. Perhaps if more people ask for it, it'll create a market and justify the selling of it. I wonder if there's a Filipino bakery or market around where I live...I'll have to look into it and get back to you! I'm definitely interested.


viviknows profile image

viviknows 7 years ago

I love durian. But i think mostly for Asian countries.

Western countries not all can accept.


k@ri profile image

k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

I had never heard of this fruit, and now, after reading this, I cannot decide if I should find it...or leave well enough alone. Thanks for all the great information. I loved how you describe the love/hate relationship people have with this fruit. And I will remember, never, ever stand under a Durain tree! :D


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You're certainly right about that, viviknows. Many do find it offensive when they're first exposed to it. If it somehow grows in popularity, the public outcry probably wouldn't be so bad! Thanks for your comment.

K@ri, I love the fact that so many people are telling me that they have not even heard of this fruit! So far it's been about 50/50. I'm glad that I'm able to share this famous/infamous fruit at HP! Who knows, maybe I can even save a life when one of us decides to go on a vacation and pose for a pic underneath a Durian tree :P


eagle012004 7 years ago

It's funny how you mentioned that either you love it or hate it. I have seen and tried this fruit first time when I was in Singapore and didn't really care for it at first. My friend told me once you pass the smell the taste is heavenly. And, if I remember correctly, they were not cheap neither. So, the more I tried it the better it tasted.

It's same thing with some real French cheese that I like.

My husband's family sends us cheese from Corsica and Annecy the French alps and they smell like a**. Even after you washed your hand it still smells. But the taste is wonderful. So, I guess there are a lot food like that.

I'm glad you wrote about the durian. It's definately culturally educational.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

It's great that you mentioned cheeses as there are so many many varieties of cheese all over the world. I'm cursed myself when it comes to cheese; I love cheese yet I'm lactose intolerant. I once had Limburger and believed then that I would never ever touch the stuff again. You have to draw the line sometime! Limburger didn't even taste good to me...Gorgonzola grew on me however and my favorite it is Gorgonzola crumbled over a salad with bits of anchovies (another stinky food item) and herb vinaigrette dressing.

I appreciate your response. Thank you for mentioning cheese!


Catherine R profile image

Catherine R 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

I know the Durian well! I spent a lot of time in Malaysia as a child and my father still lives in Singapore. It does taste OK but the smell sure is bad. But very true of cheeses too.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I'm so glad you can relate. About half of the people that have responder so far were before clueless as to what it is. It sounds to me like you like it but are aware of its stench to others. Well, at least you are considerate! Thank you for visiting me.


Ms Chievous profile image

Ms Chievous 7 years ago from Wv

Neat Hub Dohn. I have neverheard of this fruit either. besides possibliy being an aphrodisiac does this fruit have any other health benefits? Is it rich in any particular vitamin?


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, Ms Chievous! I checked it out for you: Per serving (3.5 oz), it has a whopping 27 grams of carbs ; 33% of vitamin c and 9% potassium. I've heard from emievil who lives in the Philippines that there are places there that have all-you-can-eat Durian which is in itself, a complete meal. I hope this helped.


NaomiR profile image

NaomiR 7 years ago from New York

Fantastic hub! I've never tried one but I've seen in featured in many Travel Channel specials. One of my friends purchased one from Chinatown in NY, and it smelled so badly, she kept it on her terrace (this was during the winter). My sister-in-law bought durian ice cream, but threw it out after opening the container and smelling it. This makes me even more eager to try one, for some reason...


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes, the consensus is certainly divided in two: Those who love the Durian and those that loathe it. When I was a kid, I used to run from it like it was impeding doom, but as I got older, my taste changed to the point where I really like it. I find it cost effective and less offensive to buy it frozen. It's also pretty cheap too--only about $3 for about 6 ounces or so (I forget). Perhaps you should try it in this way just to test it out. Thanks!


USAPoolToy profile image

USAPoolToy 7 years ago from Florida

Interesting fruit!!!

Thanks!!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I'm glad you liked it. Thank you.


Adam B 7 years ago

I watch Bizare Foods with Andrew Zimmern on the travel channel and he was trying this fruit and almost threw up. He eats the craziest stuff from bugs to spoiled fish to blood soup and a fruit was the thing that almost did him in.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

That's awesome, Adam! That's so funny to hear. When I was a kid, I feared the Durian the way other kids feared the Boogey Man. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. Even funnier, my 5 year old nephew eats this! I guess it runs in the family :P Thank you, Adam!


david2086 7 years ago

wow Ill eat it


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

That's the spirit! Great to hear! Thank you, David.


hypnosis4u2 profile image

hypnosis4u2 7 years ago from Massachusetts

I've heard of the Mangosteen but not the Durian? Not sure I've ever seen it in America. Fascinating hub though.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, hypnosis for your comment. Most large Asian foods stores usually carry with them. If they don't have fresh Durian, they'll have the frozen variety. I'll admit, I've had it before and do like it!


Domnica 7 years ago

In Europe I haven't even heard about this fruit. I lived in Singapore for many years and durian was a kind of common fruit for locals. My husband loved it. I wasn't that fond on this fruit but I enjoyed the durian cake.

The Durian building Espalnade 4 is impressive indeed. I remembered that cleaning the windows was a highly discussed subject. My favorite of all though was mangosteen. It’s perfect when it’s cool. Singapore is hot and very humid so this fruit was a real treat for those days.

I have bought recently fresh mangosteen from Hong Kong Plaza- Houston.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Wow. It's one thing to have written about certain subject matter and another to hear of a real-account of it! That's amazing that you actually know of these places that I've only seen in photos! That really is incredible to hear. Thank you for sharing this with me. Sadly, I've yet to try the mangosteen fresh but will very soon, I promise!


Domnica 7 years ago

Mangosteen are still in season in some parts in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. It is very posible to find in any Chinatown market as I did in Houston. I paid around $8 per pound. Worth it!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes, it definitely is. What many people fail to understand is that the Durian has plenty of carbs and is loaded with many other vitamins, including vitamin C and potassium. It's a fruit that eats like a meal. I wish I had some right now!


Alta5656 profile image

Alta5656 7 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

I accidentally pricked my right thumb with the durian spike my sis had this morning. I don't eat durian fruit but I eat durian candy. Love it. You forgot to add that, should someone eat the fruit using one's bare fingers, they must wash their hands in the fruit's capsule that is filled with water, to eliminate the odor from one's hand. I am from Davao City,Philippines, also known as Durian City.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Wow. You are absolutely right. In my research, I did learn about it but forgot to add that tidbit in! Thank you so much for bringing that to my attention! BTW, I know a lot of hubbers here that are Filipino! Nice meeting you!


IslandVoice profile image

IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

A beautiful 'stinky' hub!I can almost smell it while reading about this fruit i tried so hard to like. It is a very interesting subject because it's not common, like apples or bananas. There's a fruit called the "Guyabano", which doesn't smell as bad, it's tasty (mom would make juice), but what i didn't like was how the after taste would stay too long in your system. The durian and it's smell should be considered as one of the wonders of the world! Great hub!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! That's so funny! No other fruit has such a dichotomy of tastes, smells, and views! I'm familiar with the guyabano, which certainly looks similar to the durian, with it's dark green skin (avocado like) and spiky skin...I feel another hub coming on :D Thank you, IslandVoice. I appreciate your reading this!


MikeNV profile image

MikeNV 7 years ago from Henderson, NV

I think you can make just about any fruit palatable if you add enough blueberry juice, apple juice, or sweetener to it. This is a nice hub. The Cake looks scrumptious. But I think I'm going to pass on the fruit itself.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I appreciate your suggestion, but unfortunately several already have and failed as it doesn't work, due to the fruit's high levels of hydrogen sulfide. But fans will say that its unique scent is what makes it great in the first place. Thank you for your readership, Mike.


Nisha shan 7 years ago

Durian, seems to be a very delicious fruit..Great post


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank Nisha shan, I appreciate your comment!


Robert Koraca 7 years ago

Smells likes hell but TASTES like heaven!!

This fruit has an exotic taste and very nutritious. I had one when spending my holiday in Davao Philippines and there are many durians all over the place. They also have these durian tarts, yema (sweets), durian candies, and durian shake even durian coffee and durian cake, pie.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Several of my fans are from the Philippines and they've told me about Davao. It sounds practically like the Durian capital of the world. I hope that one day I can visit the place as I'm very interested on just seeing it first hand. Thank you for that, Robert. I appreciate it!


wena 7 years ago

hai...i love eating durian..!!!

i think im addicted to it..


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

That's great to hear, wena. I couple of people that I know are just like you. Thanks for sharing that with me!


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

Oh no, I do not think I would enjoy this fruit. I have seen it featured on 'No Reservations' and Anthony Bourdain loves it! I may try it one day...just to say I have...but omg...I enjoyed reading about your experience with the fruit...brilliantly written.

http://www.dhadm.com/content/no-reservations-antho...


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, AIDY. Thanks for the link! I did see this clip before, but am not sure why I've forgotten all about it! I'm going to add it now! Thank you for this, and thanks for reading me. If and when you do try the Durian, let me know whatcha think! I'm curious to know your opinion!


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

THAT IS ONE OF THOSE HUBS THAT I JUST DREAM about being able to put together in the future, very well done...

Never heard of them but i have now..


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi Brenda! Thanks for the compliment. I'm glad you like it. It was originally going to be a lot shorter, but as you can see, I got a bit longer as I kept adding to it. Thank you!


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

No problem, still an awesome hub with or without the link. Thanks Dohn!

Hai my Lady Brenda, How are you -hugs-


awsydney profile image

awsydney 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

When I was growing up in Malaysia, I used to like durian. But since coming to Australia, I have lost the urge although I'm sure I can dig into some good durian if it's right in front of me. Some old wife's tale back in Malaysia those days says that eating during and drinking beer is a fatal combination. To this day, this silly myth has been stuck in my mind but I'm too chicken to prove it wrong. Dohn, can you do me a favour and put this thing to rest once and for all. Down half a dozen Lao beers and eat this fruit like you've never had food for 10 days and then tell me you're fine and dandy to do it all over again. Cheers mate!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, awsydney. Haha! Hey, that is a lethal combination! Yeah, just like you, I'm scared about doing that too. I rather go skydiving than do that. At least that way I'd have a fighting chance to live! Knowing my luck, I'd be a goner by Beer Lao number four. You better go back to your roots and give the durian a shot! (Minus the beer) It misses you, mate! Thanks for reading me!


mith_moral 7 years ago

I love Durian! There are so many misconceptions about this fruit. Oh, if they only gave it a chance! Sure it smells quite similar to a freshly opened can of *poot*, but it is delicious. Good job for bringing this fruit to light. Now the rest of the world can indulge in this tasty treat!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I really do love Durian. It stinks up to high heaven to some, but I enjoyed it immensely. When I can't have it fresh, I pop a durian hard candy or durian sugar wafer. They're almost as good. Thank you again!


loveofnight profile image

loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

very good,i'm going to be on the look-out for the fruit in whatever form i find it


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, thank you, loveofnight! It certainly is a "special" fruit. It almost amazes me that it comes from our planet as it has some alien qualities! Let me know if you've located it!


Green Lotus profile image

Green Lotus 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

dohn - this is absolutely the most comprehensive article on the dreaded/beloved fruit I've ever read. I knew about it from when I produced garden shows, but never got to actually try the durian since it's mostly unavailable in your local US supermarket! I like stinky cheese...think I might like durian?


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I fear you just might like it, Green Lotus! The Durian itself is very hearty and can be eating as a meal by itself. My friends in the Philippines tell me that there are places that you can go to (much like a buffet) where you can just sit and eat Durian. They also told me that their skin temperature "heats up" with prolonged feasting, believe it or not, making them hot to touch!

Thank you so much for visiting me! I thank you for the compliment and comment!


Norra 7 years ago

This is a really great article.. you sure are a durian lover.. i am too in love with the durian. i live in Brunei and it has so many different types of Durians but my favourite is the Yellow Durian. it is known to be more expensive than the usual durians, but the price is worth it... It doen't taste as strong as the usual thai durians but it has a sweeter taste in it.. perfect to make durian fritters..!! it taste soo good...!! but i like to eat it freshly opened. it's the yellow durian season now in Brunei and it is definitely my best season of all...!!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi, Norra. I used to despise it when I was a kid and then as I got older, my taste and opinion of Durian changed. I like the fact that it's so hearty and is a meal in itself, unlike any other fruit. This is the first time I'm hearing of "Yellow Durian" from someone, as it sounds very interesting (not to mention less offensive) to many. Durian fritters sounds very enticing as well. I'm a bit jealous that Durian where you are is so plentiful! Thank you so much for your comment!


blbhhdcn profile image

blbhhdcn 7 years ago

hey there, I finally become an affiliate of amazon and ebay as you suggested one time while reading my SLR camera article. Thank you for the sincere advise. Now I have lots of them for sale on that article. You can even look at it again and you'll see deals.

by the way are you a filipino? philippines have lots of durian! my husband, me and our family loves it so much. im a filipino but have moved here in Florida bcoz my husband lives here.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! No, bibhhdcn. I'm not a Filipino, but I have a host of Filipino friends right here at HubPages (including yourself). I'm actually Lao, was born in Laos and came to the States when I was 3 years old. I'm definitely aware of Singaporeans, Malaysians, and Filipinos having an absolute affinity for the Durian and love it just as much. Unfortunately it is very expensive here in the States and not many stores are keen to carrying it unless they are positive that they are going to sell it. I hear that there are several places in Florida that are now growing it!

Thank you for visiting me and reading me. It's great to hear that you added those capsules. Good luck!


sas 7 years ago

i love durian mennn


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks for visiting me, sas.


hubpageswriter 7 years ago

You know what bro.. in my country, Durian is like the king of all fruits as well! Oh my .. the smell, the taste, LOL.........melts hearts surely.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I'm glad you like it too! It certainly says a lot about a person that likes Durian. Andrew Zimmer, who could eat goat testicles can't even touch the stuff, LMAO. Thanks again.


Filipino girls profile image

Filipino girls 7 years ago

I tried it ONCE! It's not for me


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

It's definitely not for everyone :D


prettydarkhorse profile image

prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

I eat this fruit,even though it has bad smell but it compensates for the taste.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, prettydarkhorse. I'm with you on that! This is one of those things you eat in isolation! (I don't see anyone or go anywhere afterwards).


chenmikehk profile image

chenmikehk 7 years ago from North Borneo, Malaysia

Darn, as a Malaysian I should be able to write like that! :)

But you have covered all angles! Wow, seriously, a great write up about the king of fruit which we bow our palates to.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! Thanks, chenmikehk. I appreciate the compliment! I'm glad you enjoyed reading this and hope to hear from you again :D


Rochelle Frank profile image

Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

Strange fruit. i wonder who was first brave enough to actually eat it.

Great Interview on the weekly update!! Yu are a very interesting person. (I guess I can only fan you once-- darn.)


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, Rochelle. That's a great question...I'm sure that it was a prehistoric teenager by his peer-pressuring friends! I was a bit surprised that I was chosen to get interviewed, to be honest! Thanks for for the comment, compliment, and fanfare :D


habee profile image

habee 7 years ago from Georgia

Great hub! I just gotta try it now!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Wow! I admire your courage! May the force be with you :) You know, food celebrity Andy Zimmerman is known to eat anything edible in the world, including goat testicles and the like, but he couldn't even bring himself to swallow durian! How funny is that? Thanks, habee.


Jeffrey Neal profile image

Jeffrey Neal 7 years ago from Tennessee

Very interesting and awesome hub about something I didn't know existed. White chocolate and onions, huh? Well, I'll take your word for it. :-) Like the hub!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes, that pretty much sums it up, believe it or not! There are a lot of exotic fruits out there that I discover practically every week, it seems, but the durian is very familiar to me. I hated it as a kid but then it "grew" on me as an adult. Thanks for visiting!


hasbullah 7 years ago

hi. nice hub. just a sharing. the word 'duri' means 'thorn'. adding 'an' at the back means 'thorny'. It is a Malay word.


tim-tim profile image

tim-tim 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

I remember my Grandfather used to love that. I keep forgetting what this is called in English. Thanks. It is a very interesting fruit but I don't think I would enjoy eating it. It really smells, LOL!


antjecobbett profile image

antjecobbett 7 years ago from Spain

Such a great and complete account of the fruit! Thank you for going to all the trouble producing it! German friend of mine is a raw fooder and visited us in England once. Sitting on the London Underground, people looked at her disapprovingly, we looked at her with compassion, the airline taking her back to Germany complained. My dear friend had a Durian wrapped up in 5 aluminum layers, newspapers and plastic bags in her suitcase! She said it tastes very, very sweet, but unfortunately she couldn´t let us try the fruit as she wanted to take it back to Germany.:(

One day I shall try it though!


Catherine Galeana profile image

Catherine Galeana 7 years ago from Italy, India & USA

Thanks for the very interesting hub. I've always wondered what that strange looking fruit was, but never dared to try it. Maybe some day I will if I can get past the smell.


animus_r profile image

animus_r 7 years ago from New York, NY

I tried to eat one when I was traveling in China. It smelled like rotten garbage and I just couldn't bring myself to do it. And you know what? I regret it because you only live once. Now I can never say "I've tasted the stinkiest food on the planet."

There's always next time.


drbj 7 years ago

You are a talented writer - I could almost smell the durian again just from reading your hub. When I was in Kuala Lumpoor, my husband was brave enough to ignore the repugnant odor and claimed that the fruit was delicious. I wasn't that brave to taste something that smelled like a carcass - left in the sun - for a week.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, hasbullah. Wow! Thanks for the etymology! I had no idea that "Durian" is a Malayan word! Fascinating!

Thanks, tim-tim. All I can say is that your grandfather had good taste and that you have a good nose!

Thank you, antjecobbett for that. I'm sorry to hear that your friend had to go through that ordeal, but understand what onlookers were going through as well. No wonder Singapore bans the fruit on mass transit!

Thank you for commenting, Catherine. You could try eating Durian by pinching your nose! I know of people that eat it that way :)

Thanks, animus_r. Yes, you do only live once (unless you believe in reincarnation that is). I take it that Durian isn't available where you are. Where I live, I have to drive to Chinatown in NYC to get it.

Thank you very much for that, drbj. Many share your thoughts as well and yes, its smell does remind many of that very same thing! Kudos to your husband!


pgrundy 7 years ago

I don't think I've ever seen one, but I've read about them. I'm intrigued now, but maybe not enough to eat one! lol! Well, they aren't exactly growing wild up here in Michigan...brrrrrr! But maybe someday... Thanks for a fun hub!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, Pam! No, I don't think the Durian could survive in Michigan! I could send you some Durina wafers, however! Thanks for reading my hub! I'm glad that you enjoyed it.


flowerpick profile image

flowerpick 7 years ago from PHILIPPINES

hari nama.. ilike dudrian


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, flowerpick! I appreciate it.


thilaganesh profile image

thilaganesh 7 years ago from India

Dear dohn121, Thanks for this nice Hub about durian fruit.I think this is one of the sweetest ones. Could you tell me the real taste of durian?


untara profile image

untara 7 years ago from Indonesia

"Is it a weapon or can we eat it?" .. LoL, I loved this line!

Yes, you can used it as a weapon! And you can eat it too .. hehehh


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi, thilaganesh. Thank you very much for the compliment! I had a great time putting it together. In terms of how it tastes? Very sweet and strong. It's texture is very much like a custard, but stringy like butternut squash. White chocolate and onions is by far the most accurate, no kidding! I hope this sums it up! You're just going to have to try it to REALLY know!

untara-Than you for the comment! It is certainly one-of-a-kind, isn't it? I saw one YouTube video where an Italian family were trying to eat it. Their son cut it open with potholders and a butcher knife. It was pretty hilarious to say the least!


masmasika 7 years ago

Hey, I love this article. Although I hate the smell and the taste of the fruit, I'm glad many people love it.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, masmasika. It's okay to not like it! I just find it fascinating that everyone either loves it or detests it. Thank you for the comment!


samsungbeholdt919 7 years ago

gotta love bowser, mario brothers rock!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, samsungbeholdt919. I appreciate the comment!


anglnwu profile image

anglnwu 7 years ago

I thoroughly enjoyed your hub and since I'm from Singapore, I can second what you said about the love the fruit/hate the smell dilemna in public places--forbidden in hotels and the MRT. Your Esplanade picture brings back fond memories--strolling on the waterfront and enjoying different band playing on the weekends.

As for getting rid of the smell after eating durian, it is believed you have to wash your hands with water from the husk i.e. fill the husk with water and wash.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much for the comment, anginwu. The Durian is perhaps the most interesting fruit of them all simply because of its qualities! I have heard about that trick to get the smell of Durian off your hands and I should probably add that tidbit here in this hub. Thank you! I'm pleased that you enjoyed reading this!


Franck-Marc profile image

Franck-Marc 7 years ago from Davao

Hi great hub. You just forgot to mention about Davao City in the Philippines aka Durian City. Davaoenos are extremely proud of their Durians indeed.

I am French and had tried that fruit in South China before but didn't like it then. Although when I tried the native Durian of Davao (smaller in size than the Singaporian one) I started to enjoy it and actually even like the smell of it now! hehehe!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, Franck-Marc. I probably should add that info here! I wonder why my Filipino friends at HubPages didn't mention that to me before?

I was just like you at one time--I despised it when I was a kid but then liked it as an adult. My tastes changed a lot, as most of the things I hated as a kid--mayonnaise for one--I would later have an affinity for them. Oh, interesting fact about the different species of Durian. I would sure like to get a photo of one to post! Thank you for the comment!


wordsword profile image

wordsword 7 years ago

First i thought it to be a jack fruit but then heard its different from jack, except for me no one prefers to eat, forget about eating they hate even to smell it,all thanks to its pungent smell,even i used to hate it earlier but one day accidentally i ate it and it was really fabulous, so delicious and its very healthy too, so i thought why not give it a try. This was a fabulous hub, thank you.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, wordsword. I'm doubly glad that you enjoyed the Durian and my Durian hub. By the way, I also have a Mangosteen and Jackfruit Hub for you to peruse too if your interested! That's funny that you mentioned it.


apricot profile image

apricot 7 years ago from Italy

I absolutely love Durian!!! I want that T-shirt aswell!

I have to say I am absolutely flabbergasted - there's a whole Durian world out there that I knew nothing about - cakes, ice cream..!? Where has it been hiding all this time? All right, cakes I've tried but not those iced ones and never a yule log! I can't even buy the fruit where I am (sniff)

Ah, your hub has made me feel so hungry!!

Wonderful - so thorough and informative (as usual)


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yeah, that T-shirt would be pretty cool to have. You'll have like every other person asking you,"What's Durian?" So, maybe on the same T-shirt, you could slap on my URL for this hub, LOL.

Are there any Asian food stores where you are, apricot? If so, you might be able to purchase Durian frozen, just not "live."

Thanks again for reading!


ilovehubs profile image

ilovehubs 7 years ago from North America

Thanks for sharing the info but Durian is one of the smelliest fruit in the world.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You're welcome, ilovehubs. The Durian is perhaps the smelliest fruit in the world! Some animals run for the hills when getting just a whiff of it!


IntimatEvolution profile image

IntimatEvolution 7 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

At first I was like, "What the heck?" Great informative hub.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! That's exactly what I said at first when I was a kid shopping with my parents at the Asian grocery store. Thanks for the comment, IntimatEvolution.


IntimatEvolution profile image

IntimatEvolution 7 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

Not a problem, I'm glad I stumbled on to it! Thanks


Bbudoyono profile image

Bbudoyono 7 years ago

I heard that it can be used as dressing. Some people in Indonesia use it to cook fish. Grind it with mixer then put the fish in it for one night. The next day your fish will be ready to cook.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Wow! I've never knew that! Thanks, Bbudoyono for sharing that with me. I love learning new techniques in which to cook!


febriedethan profile image

febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

I love durian, but I won't eat a whole fruit of it. My granny used to make durian jam and eat it with sticky rice, we called it ketan-duren. Great hub!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Durian jam??? Who knew? Wow, thanks for sharing that with me. It seems like every day, I'm finding more and more uses for the Durian. Thanks for the contribution!


TINA V profile image

TINA V 7 years ago

Durian as a whole fruit really smells bad. But I love to eat durian candies and jam too. The best durian that I've ever tasted was in Davao, Philippines when we went there for a vacation. It taste really good.

This is a very informative hub.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, TINA V. You're not the first to make mention of having tried Durian in Davao--It seems to produce the best Durian in the world, so if and when I do visit, I'll be sure to give it a taste, not to mention visit a few of my fellow hubbers! Thanks so much for the compliment. I appreciate it.


Roffi Grandiosa profile image

Roffi Grandiosa 6 years ago from Bandung, Indonesia

i kind of have a love and hate relationship with durian.. but generally its enjoyable


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hmmm...I'd like to hear your explanation on that one!


sord87 6 years ago

It is not just a hub in fact you are selling durians all over the world.You're making Asia proud my friends.


Lady_E profile image

Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Very interesting Hub - very informative too. I noticed it's banned but maybe people like me visiting the country could just take some seeds with me and plant in my Garden back in UK. (that's not like taking the real fruit) Hopefully, not breaking the Law.

I'm glad you pointed out the Tips on Consumption. Regards.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@sord87-Thank you so much for that! I wish that I had a whole plantation of them right here in the States. I would most certainly make a lot of money as they are still a rarity.

@Lady_E-You might be able to, but you would need a controlled environment to grow it in the UK. Although it would be difficult, it's not impossible. If the seeds are dry, I don't see why it would be a problem. I'm glad you enjoyed this as it's one of my all-time favorites to write.


Chef Mac profile image

Chef Mac 6 years ago from New York State

VERY COOL HUB!!! I'd heard of durian before, but I've only run into it once during my Asian Cuisines class at school. I seem to be in that middle ground for the moment, which maybe means I'll eventually be converted. The outside does smell absoluetly horrible! I liked it all right when I tried it, but it didn't sit very well. Of course maybe that was a by-product of smell in the room.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Chef Mac! Yeah, the durian is quite stinky, but a good stinky if you ask me. My best advice is to eat in your own privacy and to keep it kind of like a dirty secret, lol. Westerners aren't so taken by it from what I know.


dermaxin 6 years ago

oh i was shock to see such a big fruit.i guess i should try n taste it some time ! Thanks man


tempodulu profile image

tempodulu 6 years ago from Indonesia

Durian has to be tasted to be believed. However, for me the real tropical fruit discovery must be mangosteen which is utterly sublime.

http://al-terity.blogspot.com/2010/03/10-amazing-b...


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@dermaxin-Thanks for that, dermaxin. You should give it a try sometime. You never know ;)

@tempodulu-Thanks, tempodulu. I've had durian fresh but not mangosteen as I only had in from a can. One day I will get the opportunity. Thanks so much for the feedback.


Mr Nice profile image

Mr Nice 6 years ago from North America

Hi dohn121,

Congratulation's for 1000 fans. Nice avatar, I would like to see the other side of your avatar too....just kidding.

Mangosteen is very delicious & has nice flavor too but the King of Fruit" Durian is the stinkiest fruit of the world. Durian fruit is banned in public places such as subways, malls and hotels in Singapore & I believe some airlines banned it too.

Forget about the canned Durian because can is the smelliest one. You have to eat fresh.

You can buy fresh Mangosteen & Durian from China town. I had both fresh Mangosteen & Durian, I liked Mangosteen but Durian not much.

Enjoy rest of your weekend.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, Mr. Nice. If you want to see the "other side of my avatar" you can click here:

http://hubpages.com/literature/the-girl-in-the-ava

There, you'll see Rayna and myself with our eyes open, haha. I hope you like it :D

I've had only frozen Durian thus far and thought it was pretty awesome. I actually ran away from it like the plague when I was a kid, but no more. Maybe it's a good thing that I only have it every so often!

Mangosteen and Durian are simply amazing. I really like them both and in practically any form! Thank you so much for reading this! I hope you're well.

Dohn


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

dermaxin and tempodulu--thanks for the comments. I hope you both get to try it sometime (try squeezing your noses while doing so) haha!


katiem2 profile image

katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

dohn121, WOW I'm surprised I don't know about this Durian King of All Fruits. My daughters attend a World Cultures School and spent two years focusing on China and Japan, I am in great awe and respect Japan and it education system. I'd love for the states to adopt it! Anyway I have not heard of this fruit and yet now I'm on a mission. I feel I will know upon first introduction as I'm sensitive to aroma. I want to be brave and give it a go. It sounds like sky diving or white water rafting, thrilling.... Love this hub, enjoyed learning about something new to me. Thanks and Peace :)


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi, katiem2. I'm happy to have been able to introduced the Durian to you. It's certainly one of the most exotic fruits in the world. One person likened its taste to "white chocolate and onions" and I thought it to be the most accurate! I hope you get to try it one day! I do agree with your take that the US should adopt the educational system of Japan. We really are behind in comparison to the rest of the world, so any change would be an improvement I think. Thanks for the comment!


Eileen Hughes profile image

Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Dohn121 , gosh it took me near half an hour to get to this spot. no not really. but lots of comments on a great article. Man y of the fruits are so different thanks for sharing this.


carmenph profile image

carmenph 6 years ago from Philippines

I love durian. I've tried varieties found in the Philippines and those in Singapore/Malaysia, and they are all excellent and majestic!

What's amazing is that when you're eating it, you won't notice the smell anymore. You will in fact come to love the smell, too.

It's not altogether psychological. Because when you are not eating it and you get a whiff of its smell from afar you will still be assaulted by its unique aroma. But when its right in front of you and when the creamy morsel is already inside your mouth, the magic happens and the strong smell is forgotten. There must be a scientific explanation to this.

Thanks, Dohn121, for an awesome article on an equally awesome fruit!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You know, you're the first person to make mention of that phenomenon, so kudos to you for doing so! I remember that as a kid, my mom and my older sisters would um, INDULGE in its (aromatic?) flesh and I would run for my life in the opposite direction. However, as an adult, my tastes changed and so one day I gave durian ago and so have not looked back since. It's got to be the most peculiar fruit known to mankind! I hear that cats are especially hostile towards it, haha.

One day, I'd like to visit both Singapore and the Philippines just so I can try it right off the tree. I hear that they're the best without a doubt.

Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I'll definitely make a note of it!

Dohn


kaja_mel profile image

kaja_mel 6 years ago from Saraland, AL

I've never heard of this fruit before, but I'm tempted to find out more about it, and try it. Thanks for the info.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, kaja_mel. I hope you to get the opportunity to and hope that you enjoy it as well! You'll either love it or hate it :)


NarayanKrishna profile image

NarayanKrishna 6 years ago from The country of Mount Everest

This fruit is also available in Nepal. This time of the year (May-June) it is available every where in vegetable markets of Kathmandu. Now is the time to have curry of it. Afterward it gets hard, one can eat only the inside cover, which is very sweet and the seed inside this fleshy is equally tasty. We fry it. It is tasty too.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Wow, I didn't know that the seeds in the durian is edible! Thank you for pointing that out and commenting. I'm now going to have to do a bit more research into that. In addition, I didn't know that the durian was available in Nepal. I wonder if it's native there as well? Again, more research :) Thank you.


_cheryl_ profile image

_cheryl_ 6 years ago from California

Wow, "white chocolate and onions"? LOL! I will have to try this one day for sure. My mom (who loooves durian)when living in Thailand, heard of a man getting in trouble for leaving some in his hotel room, the smell was all over the hotel. Fun and informing read dohn121!


EnergyAdvisor profile image

EnergyAdvisor 6 years ago from The nearest planet to Venus

Durian is awesome:) I live in surinam and we have lots of durian here. I like it very much! Great article! vote up


James McV Sailor profile image

James McV Sailor 6 years ago from Northern California

Another well written Hub Dohn.... I've been away from Hubpages for a while, writing, etc, so it was really fun to come back and read one of your interesting and fun Hubs.... Personally I have eaten the Durian, and its not really one of my favorites... I prefer wine with my chocolate rather than onions... Best JM.


minesgm profile image

minesgm 6 years ago from Texas

I love durian so much! I find its smell so inviting. This is a very interesting hub for durian eaters. I voted up and I find it awesome.


Eva Dianita 5 years ago

Yummy.... Durian is one of my favorite foods


Howard S. profile image

Howard S. 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas, and Asia

The perfect link I needed.


carolp profile image

carolp 5 years ago from Switzerland

My favorite, thanks for sharing. We have lots of them in Davao, Phil.


marpauling profile image

marpauling 5 years ago

Durian is my favorite, THanks for sharing.


hahhahaha boom 5 years ago

panit mo


Luis 5 years ago

You forgot to mention the most important facts about the damn fruit !! what are the health benefits ???


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, Cheryl. Leaving Durian in your hotel room is punishable by death (um, death by fruit?...Just kidding). I can certainly understand why the people at the hotel were upset as it is really an acquired smell. Thanks!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi Energy Advisor. Boy, you sure are lucky to have Durian in abundance (or unlucky, depending on who you ask). Finding Durian in the States is tough, because lots of times, Durian will ship here frozen/fresh rather than fresh if you know what I mean...The vendors in Chinatown will claim that it is fresh just because it appears fresh (whole with the rind, etc.). Thanks!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello James! It's great to see you. I've been meaning to catch up by reading some of your hubs. I think I know a thing or two about being away as I inadvertently took a sabbatical away from HubPages...Yeah, wine and chocolate is probably best :D Thanks again my friend!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks minesgm! Yes, I share the very same sentiments. Just the other day I tried Durian hopi cakes and so now can't get enough. They're kind of expensive however, at $6.50 for a pack of four.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Whoah! Easy, Luis. If you look right above the picture of the Esplanade 4, you will see the nutritional info regarding the Durian :P


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@eva dianita-Yes, yes mine too...Just don't go out on a date AFTER eating it ;)

@Howard S.-Glad I was able to help!

@carolp-Yes, so I heard! I have hubbers/friends from there!

@marpauling-It's so good to see that the consensus here is about 50/50 which is consistent as reported! Thank you.

panit mo?!


loveofnight 4 years ago

I have been wanting to try this fruit ever since I saw it on Bizarre foods. I guess if I can get past the smell of limburger cheese, which by the way taste great and smells like garbage. I should be able to deal with the king of fruit.


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 4 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks loveofnight. Yes, I remember that episode. Anthony Zimmerman had to succumb to the fact that there is actually something out there that he refuses to eat! I couldn't stand the stuff as a kid but as an adult, I can't get enough of it :D Lemme know if you try it!


non 4 years ago

love durian........................mmuaaaaaaah


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 4 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes, yes, me too Non :D


Arman 4 years ago

Wow... Believe it or not, me and my friend just eat durians while dringking some beers last week.. i'm still alive and write this comment..


Karen 4 years ago

We just tried Durian wafer cookies in the office. Some gagged just at the smell, others tried to throw them in the dumpster, still others retrieved them from the dumpster and those who did eat them (me included-oy!) burped them up all afternoon.

BLEAH....


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 4 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@Arman: Wow. You and your friend sure are brave. I guess the Western version of this is soda and pop-rocks. Kudos to you for surviving!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 4 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

@Karen: Hilarious! Since I'm fearful of getting fired, I wouldn't dare bring any kind of Durian-laced product to work. I'd sure like to meet the people who retrieved them from the dumpster! They're my kind of people :D


silvia 4 years ago

Never tasted Durians, but heard a lot about them.....especially since it's my family name!!!


dohn121 profile image

dohn121 4 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, silvia. What a curious name to have and what's even more curious is that you have yet to try it! I think you better change that (your situation and not your name, haha).


Polin Choun 3 years ago

Dear Experts of Fruit.

Now, I have lived in Kampong Cham Province ,Cambodia . I am a farm whom growing durian for a long time. Likewise, I am finding the Experts or higher experience in the field . Due to lock of technique Durian growth , Please kindly share meaningful experience or some document for me in order I can upgrade new knowledge to apply in my farm .

I would appropriate you if help as possible .

Sincerely yours,

Polin Choun ,Cambodia.


Lindsay 3 years ago

Dear Polin Choun,

I am currently in Kampong Cham Province doing research on durian for a book that I am writing. I own the website www.yearofthedurian.com. Please contact me to discuss durian in Kampong Cham. Thanks.


Kengo 3 years ago

I sure do miss being up north in the fall. Peak foliage is uslulay Columbus day weekend up in your neck of the woods uslulay, isn't it? Long ago I used to be able to get up to North Conway (NH) area in the fall, but i don't know anyone up there anymore. Here peak is uslulay around Halloween, in NYC it was closer to Thanksgiving.Nice plane, Expat, you done good. 0


Faiz 3 years ago

In the Philippines, Davao City is the Durian capital . You can smell the fruit as soon as you get off the plane. And speanikg of planes, I believe durian is not allowed to be hand-carried. Some people can't dig the smell. Not me though.


Fairuz 3 years ago

Jen, These are the most adorable peuctris of baby Finley. I'm so glad that Cortney and her husband have these photos to look at in years to come. My husband and I will be expecting our first in Aug. And we would love to have you do photos of our little angel.


dimas 2 years ago

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working