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Durian is a fruit: a big, green thorny fruit native to Malaysia and Indonesia. In fact, it is considered "King of the Fruit" throughout South East Asia. It has a creamy texture, and the taste of its flesh sends its eaters into ecstasies (and it has the reputation of being an aphrodisiac) But is has one drawback. It has an extremely offensive odor described as garlic like, similar to stinky feet, and like Limburger cheese. Some countries even ban the presence of durian in hotels and on public transportation due to its offensive smell.

Durian trees can grow to over 150 feet in height, and durian fruit can be 12 inches long and 6 inches in diameter. The fruit has a thorn covered husk and can weight up to 7 pounds. Durian fruit falling from high branches in a tree can be extremely dangerous to anyone standing under the tree.

"When a durian strikes a man in its fall, it produces a dreadful wound, the strong spines tearing open the flesh, while the blow itself is very heavy."
Alfred Wallace (1823-1913)
 

 

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