is a durian ?
is a light green, spiny, melon-like fruit from southeast Asia
that has delicate, creamy, bittersweet golden flesh and an unforgettable
odor. One writer likens it to: "overripe cheese. Rotting fish.
Unwashed socks. A city dump on a hot summer's day... carrion
does it taste like ?
to a certain Alfred Russell Wallace :
rich butter-like custard highly flavoured
with almonds gives the best general idea of it, but intermingled
with it comes wafts of flavour that call
to mind cream-cheese, onion-sauce, brown sherry, and other incongruities
. Then there is a rich glutinous smoothness
in the pulp which nothing else possesses, but which adds
to its delicacy. It is neither acid, nor sweet, nor juicy, yet
one feels the want of none of these qualities, for it is perfect
as it is. It produces no nausea, or other bad effect, and the
more you eat of it, the less you feel inclined to stop. In fact
to eat durians is a new sensation, worth a voyage to the east
to experience "