Dragonfruit mystery: solved!

I had some weird white spotted cubes of fruit on the plane that were curiously delicious. It’s like a tangy honeydew, but with kiwi seeds. And with a fierce name. Later, on my first Big C (supermarket…endless entertainment) adventure, I discovered the visual delights of dragonfruit.  And solved a longstanding mystery:

Exhibit A: Dragonfruit in Thailand (exterior)

Exhibit B: Dragonfruit in Thailand (interior)

Exhibit C: Dragonfruit in America (WTF?!)

So many fascinating fruits & veggies here. They are in beautifully perfect condition in the markets/streets, surprisingly. All are bizarre and most are amazing. BUT. The durian fruit is CRAYZAY. It smells of rotting garbage and dead rodents. But it’s right in the middle of produce section. Wikipedia say:

“The durian, native to Brunei, Indonesia, and Malaysia, has been known to the Western world for about 600 years. The 19th-century British naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace famously described its flesh as ‘a rich custard highly flavoured with almonds.’ Some people regard the durian as fragrant; others find the aroma overpowering and offensive. The smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust. The odour has led to the fruit’s banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia.”

Banished fruit.

Big, spiky, and smelly. And you can't bring it on da bus.


3 responses to “Dragonfruit mystery: solved!

  1. I don’t want to hear that you were kicked out of Thailand for smuggling durian on the bus, kaw jai mai?

  2. & i’ve had durian! ITS STANKY LEGG. buttt if you have the ice cream form its not that bad! i wonder if it has health benefits…

  3. That should be a law regarding all form of public transportation, just say not to stinky, spikey and smelly anything!

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