Durian: The King of Fruit in Penang…
Welcome to week 189 of Travel Photo Thursday. I’m still suffering from a lousy Internet connection. Fingers crossed that this will get posted. Last week I had a durian adventure. Here in Asia durian are known as the “King of Fruit”. In all my years of traveling in the region I have never tried it. Why? Well, some of you might know this, it’s also called “Smelly fruit”. The stuff stinks to high heaven, and it’s not a nice smell. The word that comes to mind is “rank”. Never mind, I decided that I was being silly, and just happened to run into a street cart doing a brisk durian business. Now or never!
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This sign is common in many public buildings in SEA, especially hotels.
With their spiny outer shell, Durians are not that easy to open. First, they have to be cut down the middle with a very sharp knife.
Then, pry apart with your hands. I don’t think that this would be a good job for me!
The yellow pulpy inside is what people love.
The fruit is scooped into a container.
This is my druian purchase. The vendor wanted to sell me a whole one for 70 ringgit. That’s over twenty US dollars! I managed to talk him into selling me a couple of pieces that were sitting in a container to the side. He only charged me 2 ringgit for this amount, and it was plenty. This is a crappy photo, but the other 2 were worse! Instead of a bad hair day, I was having a bad photo day! 🙂 The smell is nasty. Think of something between dirty socks and a sewer. Surprisingly, and thank goodness, the smell dissipates very quickly! the fruit itself is a tad mushy on the outside, and firmer towards the center, with a pleasant mildly sweet taste. I enjoyed every bite, but must say the small amount that I had was just enough, since it is quite rich.
I finished my roadside fruit feast with delicious mangosteen. Yummy!
Have you ever eaten durian or mangosteen? What did you think?
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