Tastes Like Heaven, Smells Like Hell

Andrew Sullivan —  Dec 5 2012 @ 8:58am


That's one description of the durian fruit:

Even with the husk intact, the notorious Asian fruit has such a potent stench that it’s banned on the Singapore Rapid Mass Transit. Food writer Richard Sterling has written "its odor is best described as…turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. It can be smelled from yards away."

A small minority, though, love the smell and taste of the fruit. Anthony Bourdain calls it "indescribable, something you will either love or despise…Your breath will smell as if you’d been French-kissing your dead grandmother." The fruit’s flesh is sometimes eaten raw, or is cooked and used to flavor a number of traditional Southeast Asian dishes and candies. It’s also used in traditional Asian medicine, as both an anti-fever treatment and a aphrodisiac.

(Photo by Kelantan Jottings)