Today’s post I would like to write about durians. Regarded by many people in southeast Asia as the “king of fruits”, the durian is distinctive for its large size, stomach-churning odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb). Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale yellow to red, depending on the species.
The edible flesh emits a distinctive odour that is strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people, me included, regard the durian as pleasantly fragrant; others find the aroma overpowering and revolting. The smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust, and has been described variously as almonds, rotten onions, turpentine, and gym socks. The odour has led to the fruit’s banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia.
But to me, nothing is more pleasant than the aroma of the durians…everyone has different mental perception about the taste and the aroma of course, as a durian lover, i find it very mouth-watering..
For the next entry, I would love to share my experience of visiting Langkawi Island in Kedah. But that has to wait as I need to make a long haul to my Kampung in Kelantan after this. Till then, have a nice day 🙂