Durians - Nasty or nice?
Durian is banned from airplanes and hotel rooms in Indonesia because of its distinctive smell, which is offensive to some people and has been described as reminiscent of rotting vegetables or body odor.
Durians are also banned from hotels and transport in Singapore and Malaysia.
Do you know that the Esplanades - Theatres on the Bay in Singapore is shaped liked a durian - at least it doesn't share the aroma! Reply to this
I thought the first taste was terrible, the second, third and fourth tastes weren't as bad and by halfway it actually tasted ok. Although Neil thought it was disgusting right from the beginning and the second and third taste just re-inforced that point to him!
It's very weird as our sense of smell and tastes have definitely changed - maybe we have been in Asia too long as now neither of us really notice the durian smell in markets etc. People we have been with who were visiting us from the UK instantly comment on it, but we are oblivious. Perhaps if we did try durian again we would have a different view of it? Even so, I don't think we would go out of our way to try durian again - there are so many more nicer tasting and smelling fruits out there! Reply to this
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People told us that while it smelled horrible, the taste was great. Rubbish! It tastes like it smells.
Probably an acquired taste, much like Vegemite.
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