Durian is a strange combination of savory, sweet, and creamy all at once. A durian is supposed to have subtle hints of chives mixed with powdered sugar. It’s supposed to taste like diced garlic and caramel poured into whipped cream.
What does durian smell and taste like?
Novelist Anthony Burgess writes that eating durian is “like eating sweet raspberry blancmange in the lavatory”. Travel and food writer Richard Sterling says: its odor is best described as pig-excrement, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. It can be smelled from yards away.
Is durian fruit banned in the US?
Durian. What is it? A large, smelly fruit that looks like jack fruit or a green porcupine. Why it’s illegal: The fruit smells so pungeantly bad that many public places, such as hotels and bus stations, prohibit people from carrying it.
Why does durian not smell bad to me?
The answer, apparently, lies in the different ways peoples’ brains interpret olfactory sensors. Apparently, the complex components that make up durian’s unique aroma are similar but not identical to noxious smells like sulfur and turpentine, so brains like mine lump durian into the do-not-eat category.