Ever since Katie of the Chocolate-Covered Katie blog had a "try new foods" month-long event a while back, I've been trying to do just that. And the latest food I tried was durian.
In case you know nothing of durian I'll tell you right away that every article I read on the internet about it, from how to open it to where it grows, ALSO mentioned the smell associated with it. Most people hate the smell and have a hard time getting past it. Some, however, don't seem to mind it. So, firm in my belief that the vanilla-custardy richness the taste has been described as is enough of a motavator to ignore the smell, I decided to buy one. It didn't much smell while still in the shell, it didn't take too long to open it, and the first few bites were truly delicious. As I suspected, the smell wasn't overwellming, so I ate a whole...um, kidney-like unit.
That's what it looks like open. The taste is very rich and filling, so I decided to put the rest into a container and refrigerate it. And when next I opened it to show my husband, several dormant hours later, IT REEKED!! I mean, pungently, horribly, awfully, unbearably so! I nearly fainted. Ok, the last is an exaggeration, but still... I put it under the stove fan for an hour or so, hoping to dispell enough smell to make it edible again, but no such luck. Any time it was repacked agian, it needed but a mere several minutes to accumulate enough of the odor to render pepper spray in the face a "pleasureable experience."
I tried mixing it in with some coconut milk and cacao, working as fast as I could, believe me, then froze whatever I could fit into a chosen container whose tragic destiny awaits (it will be destroyed!) and threw out the rest. I tried, I really did. This is the picture I managed to take of the durian in the tupperware. If the picture looks skewed it's cause I was holding my nostrils with one hand.
Pity. It was so rich and creamy...
Oh well. Can't win 'em all!
p.s. If you ever happen to try durian in the future after this glowing review, I'd like to know what you think.