Found in its native southeast Asia, the durian is commonly known as the “King of the Fruits”, a label that can be attributed to its formidable look and overpowering odor.
The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimeters (or 12 inches) long and 15 centimeters (6 inches) in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 pounds).
The edible flesh gives off a distinctive odor that is strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people consider the durian as pleasantly fragrant; others view the aroma overpowering and revolting. The persistence of its odor has resulted in the fruit’s banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia.
The durian, has been known to the Western world for about 600 years.