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This is something a little different from my usual rant on food.

I figure … after completing a hundred posts, some changes would be refreshing. I would love to include more articles on food, rather than just sharing opinions on restaurants and food eateries.

And …

Have you ever noticed, my photos feature only food and occasionally … the personnel working in the food outlets. I’ve never posted a photo of my other friends enjoying food together with me. Which is something I would like to incorporate into my blog. Like someone wise who told me … adding a ‘personal touch’ to my blog. Perhaps in my next article ….

For now, let’s talk about one of Asian’s favorite fruit ….the Durian. Yes, I am sure some of you tend to disagree with me for saying that this is Asians favorite fruit. But, look at it this way …. if you live in Malaysia, Singapore or even in the neighboring countries, you are bound to have heard of the Durian. There are only 2 opinions … you either REALLY LOVE it or you REALLY HATE it. There is no such thing is … “Nah … I don’t like it … but I’ll just take some” …. right?

Anyway, what is it about the durian that made it so special?

The durian is a seasonal fruit, unlike some other non-seasonal tropical fruits such as the papaya which are available throughout the year. In Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore, the season for durians is typically from June to August, which coincides with that of the mangosteen.

The edible flesh of a Durian emits a distinctive odour, strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people regard the durian as fragrant; others find the aroma overpowering and offensive. The smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust. The odour has led to the fruit’s banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia.

But odour or not, durian is always welcomed in my home. And if you need some help on how to enjoy this marvelous nature’s creation, here’s a little suggestion that might help. Suggestively ….

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Now, a word of caution. Always remember to get the durian seller to ‘crack’ open the durian if you plan to take it home for consumption. Else, it’s going to be a challenging task for your to crack the durian yourself. A certain skill is required for that. Anyway, once you passed that part …. time to enjoy the good stuff !

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Here are more steps for your to follow … including drinking water from the durian husk which has ‘cooling’ effect, something which the westerners may not understand.

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Customs & Beliefs

Southeast Asian folk beliefs, as well as traditional Chinese medicine, consider the durian fruit to have warming properties liable to cause excessive sweating. The traditional method to counteract this is to pour water into the empty shell of the fruit after the husk has been consumed and drink it. An alternative method is to eat the durian in accompaniment with mangosteen, which is considered to have cooling properties. Pregnant women or people with high blood pressure are traditionally advised not to consume durian.

The Javanese believe durian to have aphrodisiac qualities, and impose a set of rules on what may or may not be consumed with it or shortly thereafter. A saying in Indonesian, durian jatuh sarung naik, meaning “the durians fall and the sarongs come up”, refers to this belief. The warnings against the supposed lecherous quality of this fruit soon spread to the West — the Swedenborgian philosopher Herman Vetterling commented on so-called “erotic properties” of the durian in the early 20th century.

  1. cumidanciki Said,

    i use to go crazy over this KING! but one day i got ill from too much durian.. sigh.. dont really like it anymore .. my loss eh? love the 2nd shot of the thorns!
    .-= cumidanciki´s last blog ..Daikanyama is not a swear word! =-.

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  2. mimid3vils Said,

    I just ate 3pcs of it last Sunday, definitely not enough for me~~~ I want more!!!
    .-= mimid3vils´s last blog ..7 + 2…… =-.

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  3. Pearl Said,

    Thanks for checking out my blog!
    I was introduced to the durian during a summer vacation to Singapore, where my mother bought one. My brothers and I almost fainted from the smell!
    .-= Pearl´s last blog ..Homemade Apple Pomegranate Preserves =-.

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  4. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie Said,

    I did try durian once at a friend’s house before I became a true foodie 🙂 Thanks for all the info! I now need to try it again! I saw in your other post that you (like me today) hit the 100 posts – congrats!

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  5. Chris De La Rosa Said,

    No disrespect meant, but this is an acquired taste.
    .-= Chris De La Rosa´s last blog ..Some BBQ tips and techniques for chicken. =-.

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  6. KennyT Said,

    It’s all a lie! Someone said you either love or hate durians. The Singaporean and Malaysian friends I have all love durians! I haven’t (yet) met any single person from Malaysia or Singapore who doesn’t like durians.
    .-= KennyT´s last blog ..Celebrating 1st July Hong Kong Handover Anniversary =-.

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    […] the mosque, you’ll come upon the outdoor market selling everything from meat and fish to the infamous durian, king of the fruits. Kuching […]

  8. Tamie Said,

    I love sweet durian 🙂 Must be Kampung durian my favourite especially the small ones

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