The fruit most locals love and most foreigners hate

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The fruit most locals love and most foreigners hate. But like the majority of unusual things, it’s an acquired taste. There are three types of people when it comes to the Durian: die-hard lovers, haters, and those in between who love the taste but can’t bear the smell for too long. The powerful aroma has led to the fruit being banned from hotels and airplanes, and locals know that driving some home from a market or roadside stall will have their car reeking of durian for a week! Opening up one of these heavily spiked melon-sized fruits requires much care and experience – a roadside vendor will scan for a faint line to position his blade then easily crack it open to reveal the fleshy white, to deep yellowish pods. The texture and taste: creamy and sweet, means that there is a good reason for durian-flavoured ice cream. The notorious smell: to some, invigorating, sweet, or even okay… and for many others, putrid, rotten, or simply ‘the toilet is broken’! Lovers of blue cheese can try an exchange with the local villagers and get pretty much a very similar response.

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