Uncomfortable Coverings on a Special Fruit

Now, I’m not one to balk at new things, but I came across a fruit that drive you away before you get to know it. It’s a Durian!

A Durian looks like a porcupine

When I first saw this fruit, it reminded me of a porcupine, a cactus, an armadillo with a skin condition…anything but a fruit that Southeast Asians love. It doesn’t smell as inviting as an orange and, as you can see, you can’t hold it like a banana. I was surprised to learn that Durians have more fat than other fruits, but no cholesterol. Apparently, It has potassium, like bananas.

A friend, who introduced me to this fruit, said she can’t feed it to her children in its natural form, but they will eat it if it is baked into pound cake or used to flavour puddings. She just has to make sure the children don’t see it, or smell it. Her husband finds opening the husk or shell as difficult as cracking a coconut,  so he doesn’t want her to buy it more than once every 3 or 4 months. When she buys it, she can’t actually bring it into her home. She leaves it outside, in a covered basket, because a Durian smells awful!

I wonder if I could use its shell for crafts. Anything that looks and smells like this should have other uses for those brave enough to eat its pulp!