Durian (Sầu riêng)

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Durian is very very special: either you love it or you cannot stand it. But one thing is clear: it smells unpleasant, unless you are eating it. Durian has indeed a special tempting smell. The strong smell (or fragrance?) can go straight to your nostrils, even though you are still several meters away from the fruit. But never mind, you like also camembert cheese, don’t you?

In Viet Nam, the fruit bears a quite austere name: Sầu Riêng (one’s own sorrows). Sầu Riêng (Durian) is an expensive fruit. One durian fruit is five to six times larger than a cantaloupe. Its skin is thick, rough, and covered with sharp thorns, similar to a jackfruit. To eat: gently cut between the edges of the outer shell, then open the fruit to expose the layers of bright yellow segments of meat that make the pulp. If you belong to those who love Sầu Riêng, the taste of the fruit is as sweet as well-kept honey. Those who have not enjoyed the fruit before may find it hard to eat. But it is said that once they have tried it, they are likely to seek it again.