Do you like to eat Durian

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-01-2012
Do you like to eat Durian
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Mon, 04-01-2013 - 4:20pm

Have you tried Durian fruit?  I hear that its not easy to get past the smell.

Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
Thu, 04-04-2013 - 10:42am

I have not had the opportunity to try durian fruit but I understand that the flavor is worth bearing the foul smell.  I covered Durian fruit on a radio segment I used to do for Curious Chef; here's my piece:

There is a fruit in Southeast Asia that is so prized for its rich flavor that armed guards patrol the orchards at night when it is ripening.  It’s called durian, and is a popular ingredient in cakes, candy, ice cream, beverages, and just eaten plain on its own. Yet this same fruit is banned from hotel rooms, rental cars, and most city buses.  The problem?  It is STINKY. 

 Durian is about the size of a football and covered in tough spiky flesh.  The pulp is pale yellow, with the shape and consistency of raw brains. The smell has been compared to rotting flesh, old gym socks, or sewage. Yet the taste has been called so exquisite that a European explorer of the 1700's claimed it was worth the journey to experience it; "the King of fruits." Many believe it to be an aphrodisiac and hold durian-eating parties. Eating durian has been likened to eating pudding in an outhouse.  Durian is not considered a good menu option on a date, as “durian breath” will last for about 6 hours, and make belches for several days afterward taste like a bad drain smells. 

 You can’t pick durian, it has to fall off the tree on its own, and it’s not a good idea to be standing under the tree when it does. In the US , durian is available in Asian markets as a frozen product or a tub of fresh fruit flesh.  It’s described as tasting like tapioca pudding flavored with cooked onion. 

 If you are brave enough to get your hands on some durian, you will need a couple of ideas for using it.  You can puree it and blend it with some softened vanilla ice cream, refreeze to firm it back up, and use it to top off this cake:

 Durian Cake

 

        1    Durian

      6 oz Butter (3/4 cup)

      5 oz Sugar (2/3 cup)

      4    Eggs; separated

      6 oz Flour (3/4 cup)

 

  Preheat oven to 350 F. 

  Remove flesh from the durian and discard the seeds.  Puree the flesh

  in a food processor.  Beat butter and sugar together until smooth,

  then beat in the egg yolks.  Sift flour and beat it into the butter

  mixture. Beat in the durian pulp.

 

  Whip egg whites into stiff peaks and fold them into the mixture.

  Bake cake in a greased, 8" cake pan for 1 hour, or until cake is done

  when tested with a toothpick.

 

  Yield: 8 to 10 servings.

 

                           From "Exotic Fruits A-Z" by Josephine Baker.

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Community Leader
Registered: 01-25-2000
Sun, 04-14-2013 - 5:08pm

Nope, there is no way it can even be shipped up here, like other fruits.  So there is no chance I will be able to taste it.  Where does it come from anyways?  What part of the world?

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