05-27-2012, 06:03 AM
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These are now in season and a delight to eat , very similar to a lychee.

Rambutan


A bit more formidable, but equally as tropical and delicious is the

Durian


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Some will call it an acquired taste , most hotels here have a standing ban on this delicacy :


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The smell is quite pungent and unique indeed , but when eaten fresh and ripe
the taste is most memorable


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Still miss ripe peaches and plums Blush

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 05-27-2012, 06:18 AM
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I love the No Durian sign. Laughing1 That must be a very pungent fruit.

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 05-27-2012, 06:28 AM
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Greg, we need you to make a Durian Shave Soap or cream. In pure iKon fashion, put it in a stainless steel tub and sign me up

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 05-27-2012, 06:40 AM
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From Wikipedia about Durians:
"The edible flesh emits a distinctive odour, strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people regard the durian as fragrant; others find the aroma overpowering and offensive. The smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust, and has been described variously as almonds, rotten onions, turpentine and gym socks. The odour has led to the fruit's banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia."

You're a brave man for eating gym socks Greg, kudos! Tongue

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 05-27-2012, 06:57 AM
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Well durians sure are beautiful! But so are peacocks - until they open their mouths! A47

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 05-27-2012, 07:33 AM
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(05-27-2012, 06:40 AM)biggiej42 Wrote: From Wikipedia about Durians:
"The edible flesh emits a distinctive odour, strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people regard the durian as fragrant; others find the aroma overpowering and offensive. The smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust, and has been described variously as almonds, rotten onions, turpentine and gym socks. The odour has led to the fruit's banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia."

You're a brave man for eating gym socks Greg, kudos! Tongue

Could it be that Arko is actually Durian scented?

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 05-27-2012, 09:08 AM
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I've had the experience to smell some durian fruits. They were brought by a friend who recently visited Laos, Cambodja and Myanmar.
Oh, my God, they smell really awful to me Scared

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 05-27-2012, 09:51 AM
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Very interesting looking summer fruits.

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 05-27-2012, 10:14 AM
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When I was in Singapore, about 15-16 years ago, durians were sold on stands everywhere. However, none was cut open and I don't remember a smell of any kind. I certainly do remember the signs prohibiting durians on the subway.

However, my favorite sign in Singapore was when I went into a public men's toilet. As I was standing in front of a urinal doing my business, a sign stared back at me warning that there was a S$100.00 fine for not flushing the toilet! What made it even funnier is that as I took a step away from the urinal to button up, the toilet automatically flushed. Laughing1

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 05-27-2012, 10:49 AM
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Durians! I have a short story involving those.

I'm a bit of a foodie, I want to try everything, so of course once I learned about durians, I know I just had to try it. I had to search all over South King County, WA, but I was finally able to find one asian market that carried them. Proudly, I took it to the cash register, paid, and went home with my prize.

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However, once home, I really had no idea what to do with the thing. I figured I would just cut it open and start eating. Did it smell? OH YEAH. I'd say somewhere around a rotting onion that had been sitting in an old gym sock for a few months. The taste however wasn't so bad. Onion-like, but sweet and creamy. I knew I couldn't eat the whole thing, so I scooped out all of the goop into a plastic container while I decided what I would do.

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I tried researching recipes on the internet, but there weren't that many that actually sounded appealing. So I decided to improvise. During has a very soft consistency, similar to an old banana...so I did what anyone would do with old bananas and made some durian bread! It was the perfect substitute and I thought tasted great. No horrid smell, just slightly sweet and delicious. Top it with some Nutella and it was the perfect snack.

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 05-27-2012, 11:03 AM
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Anthony, that was positively inspired! Thumbsup

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 05-27-2012, 03:45 PM
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You sure these things don't come from the bottom of the ocean?

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 05-27-2012, 08:47 PM
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(05-27-2012, 11:03 AM)freddy Wrote: Anthony, that was positively inspired! Thumbsup

+1 Great story, Anthony!

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 05-30-2012, 05:02 AM
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Very nice Anthony! I have an Asian market near me that carries Durian and I have been very tempted to try it. They have fresh Durian and they also have just the part you eat frozen.

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 05-30-2012, 05:11 AM
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Anthony, you're the Man! Next time, maybe a Durian Split? Durian Foster? Biggrin

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 05-30-2012, 06:34 PM
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Anthony, after looking at the picture of the inside of the fruit, all I can say is that you are Brave and Talented.Thumbsup

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 05-30-2012, 08:28 PM
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Interesting! I'd try it! In the food dept' almost anything once.

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