The Legend Of Durian Fruit
The durian fruit has been known for its unpleasant odor. Well, some might disagree with that as there are those who find the smell appealing. I haven't tasted the fruit but the smell sure intrigues me. I know some couldn't take the smell, which repels them from even trying the fruit, or not having the fruit for the second time once they have tried it. But I also heard that some didn't mind the strong smell, as the fruit was delicious despite its odor describe having similarity to a rotting onions or someone's wet gym socks.
Here is an interesting Philippine legend of fruit on how the durian came to be an unpleasant, yet delicious fruit. How come durian is called durian?
Many, many years ago, there was a Sultan who fell in love with one of their servant. And not long after that, he ended up marrying her.
The wife gave birth to their daughter, to which they name Duri. Duri grew up to be, well, a kindhearted young lady. But she hadn't inherited her mother's beauty. No one ever tried to court the Sultan's daughter.
Duri live a lonely life. No one befriended her, or wants to be her friend because of her appearance. She have a luxurious life but it is indeed true that one can't have everything. All the ladies her age now are married and starting their own families happily.
And then, Duri suffered depression and got badly sick. They have tried all sorts of medicines and healers of the land came to see her and tried their best but to no avail, Duri didn't get better.
Duri heard a beautiful song one evening while lying in her bed. Whoever was singing out there has a really sweet voice, Duri got curious on whoever that was and she forced herself to get up despite her weak body. She wanted to know who's singing, she followed the melodious voice.
Early the following day, Duri was found dead close by the riverbank. It was such a sorrowful day for her parents to find her that way. Duri was buried on the side of a mountain near their village.
Many years had passed after Duri's death and she had been forgotten. How could she be remembered by the people that doesn't want her anyway? Or if she could be remembered, that would be how she looks for those who have seen it and her kindness for those who experienced it.
One day, the people noticed a young tree sprouted on where Duri was buried. Soon the tree bore flowers, and the flowers became fruits. The fruits have near similarities to jackfruit, only that, the fruit emits such an unpleasant smell and is covered in prickles.
One day a Sultan from a neighboring village happened to passed by the area and noticed the strange tree. He thought the fruits are something he hadn't seen before, and it looks strange, covered in spiny skin and has an unwanted smell. But that didn't deter him from picking, and tasting the fruit.
That tasted so good! The people could hardly believed that something looks awful to them could taste so good. This made them believed that despite the unsightly form of the fruit which is covered in prickles and the unwanted smell, the flesh is loaded with goodness, just like their Sultan's daughter Duri.
Since then, the villagers decided to call the tree, and its fruit, durian in memory of Duri, who, despite her appearance and wasn't loved by all, was blessed with a pure and gentle heart.
I know some who swears on how good durian fruit tastes like once the smell didn't discourage one from trying. To this day, duruan fruit is made into candies, chips, and even coffee amongst some other durian products.
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