Starlene Cooper

Durian "The Forbidden Fruit"

My husband and I love trying new things, especially when it comes to new foods. The other day we decided to try something for the first time, durian "the forbidden fruit". If you're wondering what the heck durian is, well I'll tell you.. the dictionary describes it as, "an oval spiny tropical fruit containing a creamy pulp. Despite its fetid smell, it is highly esteemed for its flavor." 

Most people who have tried durian describe it as a strange combination of savory, sweet, and creamy all at once. A durian is supposed to have subtle hints of chives mixed with powdered sugar. It's supposed to taste like diced garlic and caramel poured into whipped cream

But if you ask people like Andrew Zimmern, he'll say it's too much for him to handle. 

I always try to keep an open mind when I'm trying something new, but I won't lie, I was super nervous! I mean, Andrew Zimmern travels the world eating crazy things for a living and he can't even stand durian.

I had no idea what to expect. Finally time came for us to give it a whirl. 

The very first thing that hit me was the odor. It smelled like a rippened mango mixed with rotten onions and garlic that had been sitting in the garbage for a week. Let's just say it was not the most pleasant of aromas. 

Next, we tried it. 

Oh boy, how do I describe the taste of durian?

Imagine you have a nice cut mango in front of you. Now imagine taking a bite of said mango but you're surpised to find it has a creamy texture, like custard, and taste almost like carmel. Doesn't sound too bad, right? You find yourself almost wanting to like it! Now imagine that same bite, but someone just spilled garbage juice on it. Boom!

That my friends, is what durian taste like.

Am I glad I tried it? Of course! Would I ever do it again? Nope, hard pass.

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