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Plural: duriot / durioita

Language: Finnish

Description: Durian. Durian is a fruit which you either loathe or love. Anthony Burgess described it as being like "eating blancmange in a public lavatory". An acquaintance agrees but says there is an additional whiff of paraffin. Quantas will no longer allow passengers to carry them on flights as the smell is so offensive. However, some foods seem to acquire desirability through difficulty of acquisition or rarity, such as Japanese junsai; through danger, as in fugu, or through general disgustingness, as in raw sea cucumber or durian. It has been said of fugu that, if you are unaware of the risks when eating it, the flavour seems quite bland. I feel that durian is rather the same. I suspect that, if you removed the smell, the taste would seem unremarkable. In Thailand this is the most expensive fruit.

Durian, with thanks to Cho Mee Chinese Supermarket on Mill Road in Cambridge

Pronounced: DOO-ryoh
Latin: Durio zibethinus
Ethnicity: Finnish
Most frequent country: Finland

See places: Finnish food and cuisine

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