viernes, 30 de mayo de 2008
""In The Malay Archipelago (1869), the great naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace described the flavour of the fruit in these terms: ‘A rich butter- like custard highly flavoured with almonds gives the best general idea of it, but intermingled with it comes wafts of flavour that call to mind cream- cheese, onion- sauce, brown sherry, and other incongruities. Then there is a rich glutinous smoothness in the pulp which nothing else possesses, but which adds to its delicacy. It is neither acid, nor sweet, nor juicy, yet one feels the want of none of these qualities, for it is perfect as it is. It produces no nausea, or other bad effect, and the more you eat of it, the less you feel inclined to stop. In fact, to eat durians is a new sensation, worth a voyage to the east to experience.’
The durian is also noted for its strong, pungent odour, compared variously to that of an open sewer or rotten onions. The smell tends to put off people who have not grown up with it. As Wallace noted: ‘When brought into a house the smell is often so offensive that some persons can never bear to taste it.’ The durian is banned from the carriages of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system and many other public places."""