King of Fruits – Love It Or Hate It!
Touted as the King of Fruits in southeast Asia, eating Durians is certainly an acquired taste. To those who dislike durians, they find the smell offensive, describing it to be like gym socks, lol… This fruit is also officially banned from many public places (i.e. hotel rooms and public transportation). But to the durian devotees, durians are like good wine. Terms like allowing the fruit to “breathe” and whether the flesh has “finishing” are used. And like wine, you taste the different breeds from the mildest to the strongest in taste and texture. The mouthfeel can range from runny to smooth cream cheese-like and the tastes range from sweet, bitter and bittersweet (just like chocolates).
Since I am not a fan of durians although I do partake them, I am therefore not an expert in grading the breed or pedigree of durian, a fruit that’s typically in season from June to August. So I’ll let the pictures do the talking 🙂
Can you believe we had durians right after a heavy curry meal at Nana Homemade Curry? Well, it was trip that must be made since we had Prickly Sensations, our durian connoisseur with us. He made the phone call to Ah Seng, a durian vendor, who informed us that fresh durians had just arrived from Malaysia. Prickly Sensations told us that like a good wine, durians need time to breathe. It would taste better a few hours later (to let the latent heat dissipate) but we were all eager for the delectable treat. Even though I am not a fan of durian (lack of exposure), this educational trip did open my eyes and triggered an interest in the fruit. I bought MSW for Valerie and am eager to try a seed or two when she opens up the sealed package (when she comes home from work). The custardy yellow flesh looks very tempting indeed and I’m sure the taste will be creamy and rich.
Be forewarned that durian smell can linger for days. A trick (not verified) is to rinse your hands under the husk or seed of the durian with running tap water over it. There’s no known solution for burping 😉
8 Myths and Facts About the King of Fruits:
Contrary to popular belief, you will not have a big spike in your cholesterol level after eating a durian. In fact, this king of fruits has good monounsaturated fats that can actually lower your harmful cholesterol levels and moderate your high blood pressure. Read more here: http://bit.ly/15hVXVJ
Happy venturing 🙂
Ah Seng Durian
Blk 20, unit 01-197
Ghim Moh Market (in the centre of the wet market)
Tel (Hp): +65 9465 6160