Flavor spikes

I’ve never had so much as a smidgen of durian, despite Anthony Burgess’ lyrical description: “like eating sweet raspberry blancmange in the lavatory.” Add to that the fruit’s reputed rancid-gym-sock bouquet, and you will not be surprised to hear that I have not been champing at the bit for actual durian-flavored candy:

It was all white, no different colored center. Biting into it, it was a little tangy like a yogurt chew. But then the real durian flavor. It’s a mix of strawberry and mirepoix. The onion notes weren’t completely revolting, it was like eating ice cream that had been stored in a smelly freezer … just off and not something that you’d think flavor-ologists would slave over and present to their bosses as something that should be placed in production.

I just hope the Altoids guys don’t read this and decide they need a Curiously Odoriferous Mint.


  1. Lisa Paul »

    4 January 2010 · 4:38 pm

    I have tasted Durian. In season in Malaysia, all the hotels post signs saying: “Ripe Durian Must NOT Be Brought into this Hotel.” So, you really have to seek it out after that.

    Must say, it was quite delicious. The taste, that is. The smell is, well, pungent. I even sampled Durian ice cream, which seemed to somehow isolate the taste away from the smell. I hope the chef who discovered that is rich.

  2. CGHill »

    4 January 2010 · 5:23 pm

    Everything I’ve heard says that the taste is divine, but you somehow have to separate it from the stench. Which suggests that I should consider this fruit — we have enough Asian markets around town now that I’m sure one of them carries it when it’s in season — only when I have a really bad case of congestion.

  3. Lisa Paul »

    5 January 2010 · 12:35 am

    Well, considering that the finest French Burgundy (that’s Pinot to the American market) is prized for having a “barnyard odor”, there is president for the great taste/awful stench combination. I would suggest you seek out a Durian. It really does taste wonderful.

  4. Lisa Paul »

    5 January 2010 · 12:38 am

    Ooops. Make that “precedent”. Obviously, I’ve been overserved and should never comment on blogs after 10 PM.

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