Adventures in fruit, a portrait of durian today.

Durian is from Southeast Asia and is formidable in all of it’s aspects. It’s big (about the size of a soccer ball), has a thorny outer skin (ouch!) and distinctive odor.

Some people find the smell off-putting. I’m not one of those. I suspect it’s partly genetic. I find they smell like almonds though I’ve heard them described as smelling like turpentine, gym socks, and rotting onions. I suppose any one of those odors would keep me from eating fruit.

In terms of nutrition it’s certainly a treat. It’s rich in unsaturated fats, fiber, iron, vitamin C, potassium and the tryptophan – the amino acid required for the synthesis of serotonin. Tryptophan is necessary for the synthesis of serotonin – an important neurotransmitter. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid. That means your body can’t make it (like how it can make fat or carbon dioxide from sugar) and you have to include it in your diet.

The edible part of the fruit looks and tastes like creamy vanilla almond custard. I like to scoop out the flesh, separate the seeds and discard them, and put the good stuff into a container. I put it in the freezer and treat it like a pint of ice cream: having 2 or 3 bites whenever I get a bill or see bad news on TV.

Durian isn’t for the faint of heart. It can be expensive, difficult to find and to some, offensively smelly. However, if you’re one of the lucky souls who finds this fruit delectable, you might grow up to be a convert, like me.

This is Christie, signing off.

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6 thoughts on “Adventures in fruit, a portrait of durian today.

  1. draziz2012 says:

    well sounds interesting and i am also kind of person who takes no fruit as granted otherwise they would not called fruits πŸ˜› well will definately tell you my experience as soon as i get my hands on them in the local market . hopefully i would find them !

  2. Melissa says:

    I admit that I scream and run when I spot durian at the Asian grocery store. Maybe when I come visit, I can try some straight from the freezer while holding my nose…

  3. luminousvegans says:

    After reading this post, I amthisclose to trying Durian now. I’ve always been afraid of it because my mom used to eat it when I was young and I remember the smell, oh do I remember that smell…..but your description of “vanilla custard”…hmmmm, I may have to reconsider.

    And I am lovin’ your blog. I just flipped through several pages and read your “about” section and I was chuckling the whole time funny lady!

    PS the title of your blog is genius and I’m jealous I didn’t come up with it πŸ™‚

    • Kinenchen says:

      I’m glad you’re enjoying it. Every once in a while I get a whiff of whatever durian smells like to sensitive folks but I suspect that Brent (my boyfriend) has scorched my olfactory bulbs beyond sensing it with his flatulence… TMI?

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