Durian from The Philippines
More famous due it’s stong odour than its taste the Durian fruit is a controversial fruit in the Philippines. It’s banned on public transport due to the powerful sinus sapping odor that perminates even its thick sharp spiky war like outer skin. Some Filipinos are said to be addicted to its taste, others repulsed as the average tourist by the smell.
Any time I entered a wet market in the Philippines it was the Durian from a nearby fruit market I could smell over any meat. Next to Balut it was the second most common question I would be asked about food in the Philippines. “Have you tried Durian?”
I refused for a long time. Settling instead for the candy versions, which to me was not so nice. Then by accident I bought a local ice cream and thought something was wrong with it. Was it the product of an intestinal joke? or … Yes, it was Durian flavour. So with those two experiences in mind, I went for the actual fruit.
Large seeds surrounded by white flesh: I liken the taste to a custardy egg with a nutty overtone mixed with the nasal enhancement of being eaten in a musty bathroom with an ill flushing toilet.
Some say the Durian is not a native of the Philippines, but try telling that to Durian capital of the Philippines Davao. Coming in various sizes from 1kg to several kg it’s not a cheap fruit. Small trays of pre packed and peeled Durian can cost 120 peso upwards. While whole fruits many 100’s.
This is an additional post and one of a series highlighting Filipino food