“Try leaving cheese and a dead body out in the sun and you’re in the same neighborhood as the smell of durian.” — Tony Bourdain
Durian is easily one of the stinkiest and weirdest natural foods the wonderful world has to offer. The fruit comes wrapped in a thorny hard shell, protecting the mushy pudding like segments of each pungent piece of fruit.
When traveling in Southeast Asia, there is absolutely no excuse to not partake of this semi-bizarre fruit. Some find it rather enjoyable, however others find the texture, smell, and taste close to unbearable. It must be tried to formulate a legit opinion (merely smelling does not count).
My bottom line advice is whatever you do, don’t smell it, and you should be fine. I have grown to personally be quite fond of the fruit, mostly due to to the repulsive burps and acid reflux that follows an eating session.
I drank a Pepsi after eating durian and the carbonation pressurized my stomach, forcing me to release gnarly rotting onions, fermented avocado, and dead carcass burps every few minutes. Great stuff!!! Next time you go on a date, you know what to eat a couple hours in advance.
The flavors of Durian are used in other items such as candies, ice cream, chips, pastes, and powders.
So eat at your own risk, but do eat it, and maybe even try to tackle the durian buffet!