The fruit anthology: IV

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The King of the Fruits is a unique looking fruit.

Sandy Hutchins, Sports Editor

The next fruit up on the list is also a lesser known and underappreciated gem, the durian. For those of you who have never heard of the durian, it is a very large fruit that can be upward of a foot across and can weigh over seven pounds. The durian is typically a brownish green colored fruit that is covered with thorns with flesh that is typically yellow to red. The most famous or infamous thing the durian is known for, depending on the person, is its smell, which is extremely pungent. This smell has been described as sweet by some and a rotten mixture of bad onions, turpentine and raw sewage by others. This odor can linger for several days, which has led to its banishment from hotels and public transportation in Southeast Asia.

Despite its odor, the durian is used in a variety of sweet edibles such as Malay candy. Durian ice cream is also a very popular dessert in Indonesia. Not only is it limited to desserts, but it is also included in a variety of soups, rice dishes and even curries.

The durian, like most other fruits, also has a very deep history. This unique fruit originates from the region of Borneo and Sumatra and grew wild in the Malay Peninsula. It was cultivated from India and New Guinea, and over 400 years ago it was traded across Myanmar and became widely cultivated in Thailand and South Vietnam. The Europeans did not discover this fruit until the 15th century when Niccolo Da Conti traveled to Sumatra. Recently the demand for the durian has gone up drastically as Asia’s affluence has increased.

The durian is one of the most unique fruits out there and so fittingly, it has earned the nickname of the “King of the Fruits” due to its intimidating look and size and the pungent smell it gives off. While uncommon in America, it is something everyone should try once.