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How I love Durians

I remember stopping by the roadside to eat them... and then drinking salt water from the skin since durians are supposed to be "heating". (In Asian cultures some foods are considered "hot" and some "cold").

Yesterday, on my way home, I was craving some durian, so I bought a big one from the store. And I cut it open by myself. I'm so proud of myself! Usually someone else opens it for me, because the durian is spikey and scarey looking.

But so lovely and delicious and soft and succulant. Truly a fruit of the kings.

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ms_goose_says
Nov. 21st, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
Where did you get it?????
ripresa
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
Asian grocery store. Interested? Maybe I'll bring some to the next get-togeher. I think it smells great, but some folks think it smells bad.
tebing
Nov. 21st, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
Remember when we were going to try some that one time with Ryan? He spent all that effort trying to get it open, and then when he finally did he tried some of it and said it was rotten, and then I was like, "Oh, so that's why it smells so bad, huh?" and then both of you were like, "No, that's the normal smell." O_o

I would like to try it someday though, despite the awful smell.
ripresa
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
it smells great to me. i remember that time with Ryan, I didn't really you were too wussy to try it!
tebing
Nov. 23rd, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
'Scuse me, but I wasn't too scared to try it! The only reason I didn't have any was because Ryan said it had gone bad. :P

Tell you what, next time I visit, if you have any I'll try some. I promise. ;)
antoniseb
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
I've always been curious about what stink-fruit tastes like. It must be good to get people passed the fragrance.
ripresa
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
i've always thought it smelled great.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 21st, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
yeah, you say the same thing about Andy...
ripresa
Nov. 21st, 2007 06:10 am (UTC)
If you insult someone, you should have the decency to log in.
ripresa
Nov. 21st, 2007 06:21 am (UTC)
hmm.. VA.. I only know a handful of people there.
grinnellian2001
Nov. 21st, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
Not me! I'd insult the durian, but never Andy!
ripresa
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
smooch!
antoniseb
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
You probably also wouldn't start your reply with 'yeah'. I knew it wasn't you the instant I read it.
antoniseb
Nov. 21st, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)
Next time I'm in Austin, we should get some, and you can show me how it is supposed to be eaten.
ripresa
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah.. I warn you though people have extreme reactions to it.. usually they either love it.. or hate it. :)
antoniseb
Nov. 21st, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
My expectation is that I will hate the smell, and that you like it because you grew up with it, and associate it with the fruit. Thanks for the warning. I'm interested in knowing the specific smell, and tasting the fruit as a culturally broadening experience.
tebing
Nov. 23rd, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
The smell is like moldy oranges mixed with sweaty gym socks. I haven't tried the taste of it yet. :)

Edited at 2007-11-23 12:25 am (UTC)
rickthefightguy
Nov. 21st, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
Doesn't it smell so bad that it is against the law to eat it indoors in a public place, or something?
ripresa
Nov. 21st, 2007 06:11 am (UTC)
some people think it smells bad. I think it smells great. I think you should find out on your own :)
jeoshua
Nov. 21st, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
Tried eating it once with a friend of mine that enjoys exotic fruit, but I couldn't get past the overwhelming garlic flavor to taste the subtle hints of vanilla, banana, strawberry and... oak, maybe?
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