Never Make a Durian Smoothie… Or Anything Durian Flavored, For That Matter.

I went to a local HMart with my boyfriend to shop for Korean groceries. While there, we picked up a wide variety of wonderful products like garlic and shrimp flavored yum yum chips, salted seaweed munchies, and an ultra-precious super-fruit that is The Durian.

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A durian is a spiky pineapple-like fruit that comes from Asia. If you find one in America, there’s a pretty good chance it’ll come frozen due to its short shelf-life. If you find one fresh, you’ll pay a hefty price from fees for rapid international shipping. A frozen durian will normally sell for just under $5.00 a piece. They come in a convenient yellow bag to aid in ease of transportation. They’re quite uncomfortable to carry due to the spikes.

Durians have a certain reputation… They’re known as the world’s smelliest fruit.

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Meet Our Durian

With our durian mostly thawed, my boyfriend and I now had to figure out what to do with the thing. I researched how to open it while he searched online for a recipe. I found a YouTube video that explained how to open it. You basically prod the durian with a knife until you find a soft spot. Then you stab it, cut a line down the soft part, and peel it open like a pomegranate.

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Scooping out the durian.

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Nope.

We struggled for a good 20 minutes with little luck. We had let the durian sit out for over 5 hours but the inside still must have been a little frozen because opening it was nearly impossible. We had to alternate cutting, chiseling, stabbing, ripping, peeling, and pulling the stubborn durian. All while getting poked with the fruit’s sharp spines.

We eventually managed to open one or two sections of the fruit. It contained a pulpy yellow flesh-like substance inside. That flesh smells just wonderful. This is the part of the fruit that you eat. You might not think it is edible but I assure you, it is.

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Almost looks like scrambled eggs, doesn’t it?

With our freshly scooped durian on a plate, we tasted a small piece. The flavor was… unique. A flavor unlike anything I’ve ever had before. We used the durian to make banana & durian smoothies. The taste of that was pretty bold so we added some cocoa powder to mask it with a hint of chocolate. Not only did this make the flavor worse but the smoothie’s appearance was now atrocious.

My family wasn’t exactly thrilled to meet the Durian either. My dad was alarmed by its huge size. He found its true form quite frightening. My sister was utterly sickened by its scent. My mother called it the Damien.

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After all the fuss it caused, Durian is now banned from our household.

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    1. Grateful as we were, I felt somewhat betrayed by the Internet for providing us with such a terrible smoothie recipe. However, I must remind myself that it was actually the durian’s fault. Not the Internet’s.

      1. It’s like so many things, not to everyone’s taste (the fruit) we should be used to that in our particular lives. Stay with the love and change the fruit, it’s far more rewarding.

  1. Omg as a Malaysian I can almost imagine the taste of Durian just by looking at the pictures of it. It does have a flavor like no other but to me it is home and everything significant about my homeland. I’m glad you guys dared to buy and give it a shot despite it’s appearance.

    1. I’m always up for trying new things! I think the durian is an especially beautiful fruit and I was curious to see how it smelled. However, having now tried it, I’m not so sure I’ll ever feel the need to buy one ever again. I’ll try something new instead! ^.^

  2. I’m sorry it didn’t work out between you and the durian. I worked in the produce department of a supermarket for several years and came across many in my time there, but I never tried one.

    A workmate was injured once when he grabbed one that was falling off a display, and another time customers thought there was a gas leak somewhere nearby, but in fact it was the durians that were on special.

  3. i love durians! lol but i agree that opening it just amazingly hard. but next time when you buy it, you can ask the merchant to help open it for you.
    and believe me, it is so delicious! you might wanna try it again;)

  4. Aah , It looks like Jack Fruit , ..though It does not smell bad here , taste is sweet.And I hate it too.. but I love its seed. Yes ! Dry the seeds , and then roast it. Very crunchy!

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