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Still humming "Jeopardy" theme, have trimmed finger nails, painted same (clear) and examining continues.... Will need to shave shortly.

(Perspiring minds need to know!)

hvr :raz:

"Cogito Ergo Dim Sum; Therefore I think these are Pork Buns"

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Okay, here's the 411.

I brought my durian to a nearby park, accompanied with a cheap (but sharp) chef's knife, a hammer, lots of newspaper, some paper towels, and the best of intentions.

I have to say, the whole adventure was marred by an unfortunate run-in with an eG member. Call me a princess, or an uppity white-girl, but I expect to be treated with respect, or at least with a modicum of standard polite-ness. (Something for another thread, perhaps.)

As Sazji correctly identified, what I think I had was a previously frozen Thai durian.

Using my knife and a hammer, I broke into the thorny beast.

I never anticipated the outcome.

First, the smell was horrific. I'm 2 weeks off chemo, so throwing up is no big deal. But.... first hurl is down my sweatshirt. (I only had water and a grande latte with skim milk on board).

Second hurl is over the picnic bench seat (as I'm trying to move myself)... Third is safely in the grass.

Not the outcome I'd hoped for. I considered leaving the mess all over the picnic table, but got sane and cleaned up after myself as best I could.

I didn't even taste the stuff.

I know, I know - I've got the big "L" on my forehead. I'm technically still a durian virgin. (Mom, really, I didn't let him go all the way! :laugh: )

What was I thinking? A weak stomach, 16 weeks of chemo, and I'm gonna tackle the ultimate "don't go there" fruit?

Wish my post was different, but it's not. Durian remains a mystery, and one I will, God allowing, a treat I'll try another time. (Sweat shirt is soaking as we speak!)

Signing off, Jamie.

Jamie Lee

Beauty fades, Dumb lasts forever. - Judge Judy

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It's unfortunate that your "first" turned bad, Jamie. I seem to remember my brother saying that after chemo, anything can be repulsive and make you hurl. :sad:

I didn't have chemo, and I felt like vomiting on my first try at durian. I hope your body won't have involuntary association-to-bad-experience next time you try durian. But, it was fun watching you inch towards that dreaded globe. :laugh:

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Hey, Dejah, it was fun from my standpoint as well. :biggrin:

My sweatshirt is now soaking in the sink, I've showered, and I wish all durian lovers Godspeed.

I may try it again someday. :shock:

Jamie

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Jamie Lee

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Jamie, you get points for at least trying. I'm healthy, and after reading all the posts here, I'm not at all sure I would have tried it!

Marlene

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Jamie-

I'll second that. Not only can chemo be a real toughie... the fruit is hard on those in full health. Kudos for the attempt. When I was just about 18 (and Nixon was President) I had a strawberry cheesecake slice and a gin and tonic. I still like (and on occasion eat) strawberry cheesecake. Gin and tonic hasn't passed my lips since. Hope you're more open minded about durian.

hvr :sad:

"Cogito Ergo Dim Sum; Therefore I think these are Pork Buns"

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Awww......I was so hopeful...as you didn't find it stinky while it was in your home.

Methinks your durian has started to ferment...on the way to becoming tempoyak (like Laksa suggested). And, I agree with everyone, that you may not be in the perfect shape for an encounter with the King. Now wipe this episode off your mind, so that you can try it again someday.

((HUGS))

p/s Erm....but before you do that, and if the memory is not too painful, do you mind giving a blow by blow account of how you opened it up? Did you draw blood? Were you spent after the effort...perhaps that weakened you further...you experienced double whammy together with the release of the cooped up fumes.

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Tepee:

Opening was a total bitch! I bought leather gloves because I don't heal well right now (chemo consequences) and I have to be very careful about possible infection.

I wrapped the sucker up partially in a couple of dish towels, and used my cheapest knife. (I used a cheesey knife sharpener beforehand.)

It never split open naturally, although I waited almost a week.

I also never could find the "lines" of the segments, but after reading the posts here and watching youtube clips of others (!) (Don't ya just love the internet! :laugh: ) I decided it was time to try.

Damn, those spines are sharp! A few went right through my leather gloves, and yes, right into my fingers. Draw blood? Yup.

I couldn't hack through the rind using the knife alone. Usinf the hammer, I managed to drive the knife far enough in so that I could pry it open the rest of the way.

That's when it all went south. Husk on, it just smelled like any number of super-sweet tropical fruits. Once compromised, it smelt like vomit - which is, of course what I did.

Nothing is more humilating that 1- puking on yourself, 2 - puking all over a public picnic table or 3 - just generally puking in a public space.

Sure did scare the hell out of the fitness gurus out for their daily jog! ha ha

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Thank you, Jamie. I love it that you still maintain such a great sense of humor despite the not very pretty experience. :raz: Wishing you healing for the punctured fingers and pride....

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  • 3 years later...

Hi John, the seeds can be boiled or roasted. It is high in starch and protein. After cooking, remove the skin and eat it like a potato - or cut it up and use it as an ingredient in another dish - e.g. curries, soup, etc. Yes it is good, but not as good as the flesh :)

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I've always thought durian are very similar to jackfruit, and jackfruit seeds are great. Sort of chestnut like.

I thought of that too when I was a child and then I realized that Durian stinks more than the Jackfruit. And that the I love the jackfruit much better compare with Durian. The Jackfruit seed is one of my favorite local province specialty here in my part of the world. They dry the seeds and make sugar coated candies out of it. :)

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Durians are indeed stinkier! I too love jackfruit more, but some of that maybe because I have eaten more of it.

One jackfruit seed dish stays in my mind more than any - the seeds went along with drumsticks (the vegetable, not chicken!) in a delicious gravy made from freshly grated coconut, chillies, some other spices I can't remember and turmeric. This was eaten in Kerala. Wish I had a full recipe. I know I have something written down somewhere but I don't have access to it atm.

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