Anthony Bourdain says “Its taste can only be described as…indescribable, something you will either love or despise. …Your breath will smell as if you’d been French-kissing your dead grandmother.”
Yes, durian has a unique smell. In most countries it can’t be brought on public transportation, for example. Some describe the smell as rotten onions. I was never really bothered by its smell though. It’s distinct, for sure, but I never found it bad.
My first encounter with durian came in Singapore.
I didn’t like it too much when I tried it in Singapore. But as time went on, I grew to like it more and more. From the many foreigners I met in Southeast Asia, it seems like that’s quite common – not liking durian at first and then jumping on the durian bandwagon!
In The Philippines I stayed the longest in Davao. It’s the durian breadbasket for The Philippines and durian is readily available everywhere. You had better believe I made the most of that situation! And as my time was coming to an end in The Philippines, I ate a ridiculous amount of durian.
Below are some pictures to pay tribute to this lovely fruit I’ll miss dearly.
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About Adam Pervez
In mid-2011 I left my cushy corporate job and took the plunge into a life incorporating my passions of traveling, writing, volunteering, learning, educating, and telling stories. I study what happiness means to others, offer what I can from my engineering/MBA background as a volunteer, and try to leave each place better than how I found it. Read more.