Durian, also known as the queen of fruit, smell fruit, Stinkfrucht (de), is a strong smelling fruit from Asia / India. Despite the strong smell it has a unique taste that some people find delicious. The smell is described as being similar to one or more of the following: rotten onion, old tennis socks or vomit. Don't expect your European friends to like either taste or the smell of this fruit. In the countries of origin also less than half of the people like this special fruit.
Some airlines have banned the transport of Durian. In most hotels in Asia it is forbidden to bring the fruits to the rooms. It is also forbidden in certain subways.
The fruits are so popular with some people that there seem to be fights about wild grown fruits occasionally.
If a shop sells Durian here it can be sometimes smelled already at the entrance and normally with no problem from 2 meters away. Despite older fruits having a strange smell, younger fruits can smell delicious as well.
Where to get it in DublinEdit
Fresh: from time to time some Asian shops or Indian shops would have Durian. E.g. any of the Oriental Emperiums or the Chinese Supermarket could have it. Fruits can usually only be purchased as one whole fruit, prices are around 8-12€/kg which leads to ~20-40€ per fruit.
Dried chips: relatively seldom to find. Best bet could be the Chinese Supermarket.
Dried and fried chips: relatively seldom to find, but more common that the only dried version. Could be found at the Chinese Supermarket.
Paste: some shops have small sausage shaped packs of Durian paste. They might be a good start for newbies.
Frozen whole fruit: very seldom seen. Once seen in 2009 in Oriental Emperiums in Rathmines.
Frozen parts: maybe every 5th Asian shop would have some in the freezer. Packs would usually be <10€.