Durian Party, part deux

One year ago, we posted about how we in the little red dot have Durian parties. Today’s post sets out to explain what this fruit is about and where it stands in the culture of our little red dot. Well it’s that time of the year again. For those aspiring travellers who wish to be immersed into local culture, well this is it.

The mighty Durian. Ok the King. Not Elvis.

No. Not the funny looking theatre that you can see along Marina Bay in our little red dot. We are referring to this lime greenish fruit with a lot of thorns. And one that for some – smells. BAD. Woah!

Did you know

  • Though Thailand is not supposedly where the fruit is native (it’s mainly Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei), but produces the bulk of commercially traded fruit?
  • The fruit does offer nutrition other than the perceived sugar only (because it’s sweet), such as potassium, iron, vitamins B and C in reasonable dosages?
  • Even Elephants and Tigers are said to eat the fruit (to be verified). Probably the ones that have ripened and fallen to the forest floor.
  • There are varieties of the fruit that have very little odour. In fact there are so many of them for different taste, aroma and even shape.

Heheh. Does not matter how many facts one list. You either love it or hate it. And for travelers who want to blend in and be ‘like the locals’, this would be your challenge. You are not a local in southeast Asia if you hadn’t ate this fruit. Come on lah. If the Kings of the animal kingdom enjoy this fruit, why not you?

Doesn’t this goad you to pluck up the courage and try out the ‘King’ of Fruits?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

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