Travel and food writer Richard Sterling says:
“ … its odor is best described as pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. It can be smelled from yards away”
We say ” You go eat pig shit! This is an awesome fruit! It smells like heaven!”
Durians are also known as the King Of Fruits. The durian or Durio zibethinus (scientific name) is distinctive for its large size, unique odour, and thorny husk. The durian 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.
The durian is native to Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia, has been known to the Western world for about 600 years. The 19th-century British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace famously described its flesh as “a rich custard highly flavoured with almonds”. The flesh can be consumed at various stages of ripeness, and it is used to flavour a wide variety of savoury and sweet edibles in Southeast Asian cuisines. The seeds can also be eaten when cooked.
Normally we would go to our regular (every year he will open his small stall just outside Gama Supermarket) His durians are from Balik Pulau (where the best durians on the island are from).
But this time, it was a little too early and his stall wasnt open. So to satisfy our craving we decided to try the stall at the corner of Lorong Susu and Lorong Macalister in Penang.
The edible flesh is creamy and emits a distinctive odor, 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, and has been described variously as almonds, rotten onions, turpentine and gym socks. The odour has led to the fruit’s banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia.
This is actually a dangerous fruit. We actually heard of someone being killed by a durian. This guy got into an arguement and he threw a durian at a man! The man died! Crazy shit.
This guy buys his durians from vendors that carry durians all the way from Balik Pulau and the mainland.
You get to choose if you want the sweet type or the bitter version. The durians i got was really delicious. I asked for the bitter and sweet durian. I dont know what “brand” of durian i got but it was really filling and satisfying. One durian cost me RM 32. You are also given a bottle of drinking water, a sink to wash your hands and tissue to clean up. I surely will recommend this place to my friends!!