Feyma made a post on this blog the other day about fruits. She mentioned that she does not like Durian, but that I love to eat Durian. It’s true! I really enjoy Durian. When we are driving past a fruit stand on the road, I like to roll down the windows so that I can smell the great fragrance of Durian!
Great fragrance? I know some of you are puzzled by this. Durian is said to “Smell like hell, but taste like heaven.” I find, though that once you get used to the smell, you tend to like it. I know that I love the smell, I find it refreshing. Yes, when the Durian is opened up, the smell is very strong, and the sheer strength of the smell can be somewhat of a turn off, but I quickly get used to it. Going past a fruit stand with dozens of Durian which is yet to be opened, though, is quite refreshing in my opinion.
Did you know that Durian is called the “King of Fruits.” It’s true. Durian is also said to have an aphrodisiac affect on those who eat it. In Thailand they actually have Durian Farms where you can go. When you enter the place, they have dozens or hundreds of Durian to choose from, and you make your choice of the fruit that you wish to have. Next, you move to another room where there are dozens of women, you also choose the one that you prefer. From there, you take your Durian and your lady to another room, and let nature take it’s course! It’s true. I have never been there, but I know people who have! I’ve already made my choice when it comes to women, my only problem is that Feyma does not enjoy Durian!
Did you know that there are literally dozens of different varieties of Durian? And, each of them has a very distinct taste, they vary in texture as well. My favorite varieties of Durian are Puyat and 101. Puyat is very common, but 101 is more unknown and is harder to find.
Davao is also known as “Durianville” because it is sort of the Durian place of the Philippines. I guess you can’t really be a true Davaoenyo if you don’t care for Durian! Although Durian is available throughout the year, the best Durian can be eaten during the Durian season from August to about October or so. During that time, expect to pay P30 to P40 per kilo for Durian in Davao. In other parts of the Philippines, it is more expensive, as it is primarily grown in Southern Mindanao and must be imported to other parts of the country.