Durian The Spiky Smelly King of Fruits

Collected from: Durian Medan

Mankind suckles at nature's spiky teat

The durian

The durian is a large, spiky fruit, native to the tropical rainforests of South-East Asia - where is is known as "the king of the fruits". It is known to those who hate it for its penetrating, powerful smell - and to those who love it for its wonderful taste.


Once opened, the flesh of the durian looks rather like custard.
Here's a photograph of the inside of a durian:

Flavour and odour

The unusual flavour and odour of the fruit have prompted many people to express diverse and passionate views ranging from deep appreciation to intense disgust.


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. Despite its great local popularity, the raw fruit is forbidden from some establishments such as hotels, subways and airports, including public transportation in Southeast Asia.[27]
Collected from: Durian