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Eating Durian for the First Time

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When planning my move to Thailand, one of the things that I was most excited about was the abundance of fruit. I’ve seen pictures and heard about many different types of exotic fruits. Mangosteen, rambutan, jackfruit, lychee, and, of course, durian.

Durian was probably the fruit that I was most interested to try. This was because so many people have such strong opinions about it. You either love it or you hate it. Some people say that it tastes like custard, and others say that it is absolutely repulsive. One thing that almost everyone agrees with is that it has a horrible smell. 

I visited a grocery store and decided to buy a durian within my first couple of days in Thailand. I should add that I had the option to buy a small, pre-cut package of durian, or I could buy the whole-freaking thing. This was my first durian experience. This was a fruit that I have wanted to try for YEARS. What wouldn’t I buy the whole thing?! Not to mention, it looks really cool!

I brought my durian home to the Airbnb that I was staying in at the time. It sat on my counter for a day. I woke up one morning to one of the worst smells of my life. Because I am not the best at describing smells. I will use someone else’s very accurate description of what durian smells like.

“Its odor is best described as… turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock.” – Richard Sterling 

Sounds delightful, right?

I couldn’t stand the smell for another day, so I decided to open that baby up! I searched how to cut open a durian on YouTube. After some hacking away, my durian was ready to eat!

So, what does durian taste like?

urian is made up of several pods, and a shell grows around each of these pods. I pulled one pod out and took a massive bite. It was easily one of the most disgusting things that I have ever tasted. The best way that I can think to describe it is gym socks. This is coming from someone who has never tasted a gym sock though. Not only is the taste horrible, but the texture is equally as terrible. It has this strange creamy texture that made me want to gag. I spit that piece of durian right into a paper towel and threw the durian in the trashcan outside. Unfortunately, the garbage wasn’t picked up for a few days, so I continued to have to smell that horrible smell.

Even though I absolutely do not like durian, I still recommend that you try it if you get the chance. It is still an experience to have, especially if you are traveling to Thailand. Who knows, you may love it! I just recommend that you buy a small package for your first time. 

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