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Durian

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Durian
the king of fruit, loved by locals, hated by most travellers - native to Malaysia and Indonesia

Durian is a very special fruit, either people love it or feel disgusted by either the smell or the taste. I read in a BBC article a phrase that eating Durian is like eating old cheese of a dead body. Other people spend ages at the durian stalls smelling and holding the fruits, trying to find the best out of them all. Durian's flesh is soft and creamy and the taste (which can't really be described) will stay in the mouth for hours. It is also a very heaty fruit that one needs to drink lots of water after. Some say eating too much of it could have a calming effect, remotely similar to getting drunk. It could be because it is related to the fact that Durian is overripe when it is harvested so the flesh is already fermented.



Durian on Wikipedia:

The durian is the fruit of several tree species belonging to the genus Durio and the Malvaceae family (although some taxonomists place Durio in a distinct family, Durionaceae). Widely-known and revered in southeast Asia as the "king of fruits", the durian is distinctive for its large size, unique 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.

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Durian
Durian, cut open in halves



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