Roughly the size of a coconut, the durian fruit is green and spiky on the outside, with a soft flesh on the inside. It’s native to Southeast Asia, and its smell has been likened to “turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock,” “hot poop garbage” and “gasoline.” In some places, durians have been banned on airplanes, trains and mass-transit – and for good reason. Their smell isn’t only overwhelmingly potent, but it lingers too.
Durian is certainly an acquired taste. Despite the pungeant smell, the custardy flesh actually tastes sweet
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