Durian Durian

Lop off a big ol’ honkin’ chunk of durian
Durian Riau Sumatera

It’s 2 p.m. on a Tuesday, and you’re like, “Can you answer the phones? I need a nap.” And the boss is like, “Ummmm. No.”

So what do you do? Wash out the french press and crank up another fair trade cup? Crack open an energy drink? Or be as edgy as they come and lop off a big ol’ honkin’ chunk of durian.

Oh? Not familiar with durian? Well, it’s an Asian fruit that comes in an armadillo-ish shell that’s festooned with spears all just waiting to puncture a beloved body part. That aside, it’s loaded with energy-rich carbs, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B, iron, copper, potassium and tryptophan.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? But here’s the rub: It stinks. Bad. Like, oh, “turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. It can be smelled from yards away,” according to food writer Richard Sterling. This thing smells so rotten that the Singapore Rapid Mass Transit has BANNED it.

There’s a particularly provocative piece at http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/australia-food-blog/2014/oct/01/durian-the-worlds-most-divisive-fruit that spells it all out, with some colorful descriptions of the smell from Anthony Bourdain and others. Writer Monica Tan made us laugh when she said Durian is “the Kanye West of fruits: you either hate it, or you love it. Intensely.” And today she loves it.

 

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