IT’S DURIAN SEASON.
I’m sure most of you have at least heard of this legendary fruit. Durian is a big deal where I am from. Some of the best durians are reputed to come from Penang island.
There are actually many cultivars of durian, and they all have really funky sounding names worthy of small time thugs.
It is impossible to properly describe the odour and flavour of a durian without actually encountering one in the flesh. I have heard many descriptions ranging from mango and papaya to rotten onions soaked in turpentine. Very colourful, but not very useful.
Sometimes a durian borer appears in the durian, which is quickly fed to the seller’s prize-winning Arowana as durian borer sashimi.
My relationship with durian is complicated. I think I used to kind of like it as a kid, and then while on vacation in Pangkor Island I got food poisoning from durian ice cream.
No durian for the next two-thirds of my life.
I then became the designated bee swatter at every subsequent durian party.
My reintroduction to durian happened 3 years ago at someone’s durian party.
What do you guys know about durian? Share your thoughts in the comments! Check out a recent painting that I made of durian on my facebook page!