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Monday, May 12, 2008

Yeah she was my first.....

...I mean it was my first. The ever elusive DURIAN. Now my alike Sha-King made Knowledge Born to me about the fruit and I looked it up.

ALL BEAR WITNESS TO MY TAG FROM WIKIPEDIA (okay..felt melodramatic for a minute)

The durian (IPA: [ˈdʊəriən, -ɑn][1]) is the fruit of trees of the genus Durio belonging to the Malvaceae, a large family which includes hibiscus, okra, cotton, mallows and linden trees. Widely known and revered in Southeast Asia as the "King of Fruits," the fruit is distinctive for its large size, unique odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. The fruit can grow up to 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lbs). Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale-yellow to red, depending on the species.

The hard outer husk is covered with sharp, prickly thorns while the edible flesh within emits a distinctive odour, which is regarded as either fragrant or overpowering and offensive. The odour of the ripe fruit is strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Due to the unusual odour, the durian is forbidden from certain establishments such as hotels and public transportations in Southeast Asia. The odour has prompted many people to formulate evocative descriptions with views ranging from those of deep appreciation to intense disgust.

The durian, native to Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia, has only been known to the western world for about 600 years. The British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace famously described its flesh as "a rich custard highly flavoured with almonds" in the 19th century. The flesh can be consumed at various stages of ripeness and is used to flavour a wide variety of savoury and sweet edibles in Southeast Asian cuisines. The seeds can also be eaten when cooked. The name durian comes from the Malay word duri (thorn) together with the suffix -an.


Now let me let it out...the sh*t stinks when you open it. No way around it. Yet it is worth it. It is definitely unique. Has a spice like quality to it. It definitely can be used to make a unique raw vegan ice cream (did I mention that I have just learned how to make raw vegan ice cream and that I made GOJI berry raw vegan ice cream...the God don't play).

So I cracked the Durian open at Catch a Healthy Habit. It was an ill initiation (sorry Sha-King Lord. Couldn't wait. We can still hit China Town during Show and Prove weekend. I got the addresses of the spots).

4 comments:

valentine said...

Oops! Should have read this first. You just said pretty much everything I did in my comment.Just consider mine the cliff note. I'm trying to get some of that ice cream brutha. What's good with that. I'm gonna have to meet you two at the show and prove joint. I think I went to one two years ago spontaneously.

C'BS ALife Allah said...

I'm saying...I'm over here experimenting like a mutha (shut ya mouth). Like I said me and Sha-King are definitely going to lay out the plant-o-centric map during our visit

valentine said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! Just leavin something stupid. LMAO!!!!! I also have hood Turrets like outbursts in public.Ha! Our visit should be great!!

Sha-King Cehum said...

PEACE LORD!

If you stil down we can go ahead and make that stop...I'm still in the planning stages of my weekend...striving to conserve gas as well...b-u-t I am NOT taking the train with 3 babies.......jjjjjeeeellllll---OH.....what else is fun and close to free in Now Why on Saturday? Any museums or something? I want to do something cultural, not no tourist stuff...and I'm not going through the the PR day festival....I went once...the air smells of charred pork and there is no parking for BLOCKS......waste of time for me....

hood turrets...LMAO....

PEACE!