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The Durian: King of All Fruits

Updated on August 3, 2011

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.

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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

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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

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      Fairuz 4 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.

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      Faiz 4 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.

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      Kengo 4 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

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      Lindsay 4 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.

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      Polin Choun 4 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.

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      dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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).

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      silvia 5 years ago

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

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      dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      @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

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      dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      @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!

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      Karen 5 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....

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      Arman 5 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..

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      dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Yes, yes, me too Non :D

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      non 5 years ago

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

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      dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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!

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      loveofnight 5 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.

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      dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      @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?!

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      dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

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

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      dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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.

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      dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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!

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      dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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!

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      dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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!

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      Luis 5 years ago

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

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      hahhahaha boom 6 years ago

      panit mo

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      marpauling 6 years ago

      Durian is my favorite, THanks for sharing.

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      Carolina 6 years ago from Switzerland

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

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      Howard S. 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas, and Asia

      The perfect link I needed.

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      Eva Dianita 6 years ago

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

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      minesgm 7 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.

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      James J Mills 7 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.

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      EnergyAdvisor 7 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

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      _cheryl_ 7 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!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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.

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      NarayanKrishna 7 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.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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 :)

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      kaja_mel 7 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.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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

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      carmenph 7 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!

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      Eileen Hughes 7 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.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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!

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      katiem2 7 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 :)

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

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

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

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

      https://hubpages.com/literature/the-girl-in-the-av

      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

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      Mr Nice 7 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.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      @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.

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      tempodulu 7 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...

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      dermaxin 7 years ago

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

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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.

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      Chef Mac 7 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.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      @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.

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      Elena 7 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.

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      sord87 7 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.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

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

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      Roffi Grandiosa 7 years ago from Bandung, Indonesia

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

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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.

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      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.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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!

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      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!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

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

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      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.

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      Julie Grimes 7 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

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

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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.

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      Julie Grimes 7 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

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

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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!

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      ilovehubs 7 years ago from North America

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

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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!

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      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)

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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.

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      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.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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!

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      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!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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!

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      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.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks, samsungbeholdt919. I appreciate the comment!

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      samsungbeholdt919 7 years ago

      gotta love bowser, mario brothers rock!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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!

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      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.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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!

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      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

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      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?

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks, flowerpick! I appreciate it.

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      flowerpick 7 years ago from PHILIPPINES

      hari nama.. ilike dudrian

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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.

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      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!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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!

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      Priscilla Chan 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!

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      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.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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!

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      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!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Great hub! I just gotta try it now!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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

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      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.)

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

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

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      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.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      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).