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Old 12-30-2007, 09:30 PM   #31
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I've neither heard of this fruit, smelled, or tasted it. But I do know a thing about flavors. From what I've read here, this is a strong smelling, and strong flavored fruit. Typically, with food items that are extreme, i.e. liverwurst, beer, whiskey, raw onion, ripened cheeses, people either tend to love them, or detest them.

There are a host of people who love mints, especially peppermint. Peppermint is a very strong mint and makes me gag. I just plain don't like the other mints. But then again, I love liver, and liverwurst which makes my wife gag. I would assume this is what's going on with durian.

So, I would try it. If it didn't suit my taste, well, I wouldn't have to try it a second time. If I loved it, then my life would be richer.

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Old 12-30-2007, 09:45 PM   #32
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I've neither heard of this fruit, smelled, or tasted it. But I do know a thing about flavors. From what I've read here, this is a strong smelling, and strong flavored fruit. Typically, with food items that are extreme, i.e. liverwurst, beer, whiskey, raw onion, ripened cheeses, people either tend to love them, or detest them.

There are a host of people who love mints, especially peppermint. Peppermint is a very strong mint and makes me gag. I just plain don't like the other mints. But then again, I love liver, and liverwurst which makes my wife gag. I would assume this is what's going on with durian.

So, I would try it. If it didn't suit my taste, well, I wouldn't have to try it a second time. If I loved it, then my life would be richer.

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You're probably right, Goodweed. You'd hate it at my house this week - I'm trying to get raccoons to vacate my attic so have sprayed a lot of pure peppermint oil up there. Apparently it makes raccoons gag, too, because they made a lot of noise trying to get the heck out of there!
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Old 12-30-2007, 09:50 PM   #33
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You're probably right, Goodweed. You'd hate it at my house this week - I'm trying to get raccoons to vacate my attic so have sprayed a lot of pure peppermint oil up there. Apparently it makes raccoons gag, too, because they made a lot of noise trying to get the heck out of there!
So that's why I have those dark bands around my eyes. And here I thought it was becasue I was a super-hero.

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Goodweed! I just read the list of yummies you're having tomorrow night - you may well be a super-hero! I don't think I've ever made that many dishes for one event in my life!
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As I recall Bourdain liked it very much, compared it to some French cheeses. Sat on the deck of the place he was staying and chowing down on the stuff.

Zimmern spit it out.
Bourdain also enjoyed Haggis, as well as some other "strong-flavored" dishes with mixed reviews. I think this alone has convinced me to try it. When the rest of the family is out.
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:31 PM   #36
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Goodweed! I just read the list of yummies you're having tomorrow night - you may well be a super-hero! I don't think I've ever made that many dishes for one event in my life!
We did it and it was a very very good night, with good freinds, lots of laughter, and a great start to a new year.

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Curiously, none of you have really described how it actually tastes!
I've seen it in some local Asian markets. And I've also seen products flavored on it in these same markets. And yes, I'm curious.
But how does it taste?
You know, I can't really remember how it tasted. It was served with wild sticky rice from memory, had the texture of mango and was rather innocuous (I think!) - certainly no flavour that stands out in my mind. I remember the rice more than the fruit.
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IThe fruit I really wanna try even more than durian is mangosteen--the "queen of fruits" to durian's "king." Last I heard, it was illegal to import into the continental U.S. But I think I read that this might change soon...
I bought a mangosteen once but due to a few things happening at the time, it went bad before I got around to trying it. I almost bought another one last week but stopped cos I have so many pieces of stone fruit in my fridge ('tis the season!!) that I thought it would be wasted again. Think mangosteen juice is marketed as some miracle drink which is possibly where the ban comes in. Possibly.
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