I just came back from the fruit market, and let me tell you: durian is in season. It’s been in season. Oh, the smell of it. Every time I go in there. Durian is known in South East Asia as “The King of Fruits,” but I think “The Kim Jong Il of Fruits” is more apt, for several reasons.
One would be that people sometimes say durian smells like rotting flesh. That’s not quite true. There is certainly a large degree of overlap in the two aromas, but durian has this cloying sweetness rotting flesh does not possess, and none of that grey moldiness. Like a cabernet and a shiraz, they’re similar but different. (more…)