Vietnamese fruit: Durian, fantastic or terrible?

Being known as the King of fruit to local people in Southest Asia, Durian is a kind of controversial fruit that has sparked so many wars of words between its lovers and haters.

Durian, the most controversial fruit in the world

Durian, the most controversial fruit in the world

Durian is a ugly and thorny fruits grown in Southest Asia, especially in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Although being a same outlook, the taste of durian grown in different countries are not the same, there is only a common of them, which is the super strong smell. In Vietnam durian is popular but the cost to buy a durian in the North is never low, the reason is that durian could not be cultivated in the North, they only adapt the climate in the South and the transportation and preservation for this fruit is not easy.

Ugly, thorny durians on branches

Ugly, thorny durians on branches

There is a funny fact that not all local Vietnamese could eat Durian, the reason is because of its strong smell. If most of Westerners will find its smell disgusting, maybe a half of Vietnamese people feel the same way. Therefore, although being called the King of fruit and have millions of fan, durian is still the fruit that is hated the most in the world.

However, if anyone dare to try durian at least 3 times, he or she might easily be lured by it taste and smell. People who hate durian said it had the smell of rotten socks, but its lovers said it’s the most wonderful smell ever, which cause the endless wars about the smell between 2 parties.

Durian flowers

Durian flowers

Unlike durian in Thai, Malaysia and Indonesia, Vietnamese durian is so soft tastes as if it melts in mouth. And, in Vietnam, people do not only eat raw durian but use it to make many kinds of dessert. In Da Nang, they have famous durian Che, which is a kind of dessert soup consists of durian, coconut milk, jelly and other local ingredients. Also, they make durian crepe and some people even cook durian Xoi, which is sticky rice with durian. And, recently, in the North, sugar cane juice with durian is one of the top drinks of the summer. Besides, avocado and durian smoothie is also very popular.

Durian dessert soup

Durian dessert soup

If you dare to try durian, taste it when you’re in Vietnam, who knows if you fall in love with this local fruit?

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