They’re big. They’re thorny. They’re insanely smelly, and they’ve even been known to kill people. We’re not talking about some mythological beast, we’re talking about one of Thailand’s most (in)famous foods: the durian.
In reality durians really are big, thorny, painfully smelly and potentially fatal (a tip, don’t take a nap under a durian tree). Despite all this, they’re also one of Thailand’s most beloved foods. Though for many the durian’s eye watering stench, often compared to a latrine or a pile of sweaty socks, can be difficult to overcome, hardcore fans swear that this spiky brown fruit is well worth a try.
Amazingly, people don’t just eat durian for the morbid thrill. True durian aficionados crave the unique flavor/texture combo, and await peak season breathlessly. Durian lovers often describe the fruit as having the texture of marshmallows, butter, whipped cream or creme brulee. Depending on the variety and time of year, flavors can range from sweet and fruity to tart and tangy. Some even describe the flavor as nutty.
If you’re also looking to boost your vitamin intake, the durian is a surprisingly wise choice. This heavy, thick skinned fruit is packed with dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium, amino acids, copper, iron and magnesium. It’s way more adventurous than just popping a daily multivitamin! However, if you do choose to sample a durian on your next Thailand adventure, just be sure to check for “No Durian” signs. For the uninitiated, the overwhelming scent of a particularly ripe durian can clear a room faster than you can say, well, durian.
So, have you ever sampled this notorious Thai fruit? If so we’d love to hear about your durian dining adventures!