After putting it off for months, I finally bought and ate my first durian. They are always available at the local Asian grocery store, but at $1.99 / lb., they are fairly expensive. I had an "experienced" shopper help me pick one out, and at 6.33 lbs. it cost $12.60. It turned out to be very easy to eat, but of course there was a lot of "waste". If you have never had one, you should give it a try.
Nutrition information http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2088/2 .
Hi Eliot, I have never eaten one either and have struggled to find them but really want to try one. You said you found at an asain store? I think there is one the next town over from me, i will have to check it out. I know Stop n Shop definitely didn't carry them ;-)
Hi Elliot, Your post inspired me to checkout my local Asian supermarket for Durian. Sure enough they sold whole fruit Durian. The Durian I picked was the largest of the bunch and cost me 23.46 euro -> 33.46 US$. I am 33 years old and for me last weekend was the first time to have Durian. I am going to try another one soon, the Durian I had was not that sweet, so I am not sure if it was fully ripe and if I have experienced Durian as it ought to be. For sure it is some of the strangest but intriguing foods I have eaten. I got to try some more soon. Due to the expense I am not sure I am going to be eating them frequently though :(
STAY AWAY from imported Thai durians. I only eat em if Im trying quality for someone. So thats about 4 times in the last 4 years.
They are so heavily sprayed that the taste of a frozen Thai durian is TOTALLY different to what it should be. Get the Malaysian organic stuff if you want QUALITY frozen durian.
Fresh Durian is around 6$ a lb in Australia and is grown locally. Thats why we go to Thailand and feast on the quality stuff thats around 20c a lb depending on where you are and what season it is.
So in Malaysia they don't spray export durians?
Did you ever have any effects from the poisons they spray on the durians? I just ate two small frozen ones from Thailand, and they tasted like cardboard.
Did you say they grow durian in Australia??
Is there any recommendable fresh durian from November to April?
They are the !@#$.
Oh man, I'm sad.:The first time, about 9 years ago, I ordered a whole durian from Orkos which is this uber organic fruit/food dealer who caters especially for raw fooders in Europe (incredibly expensive). I was pretty new to eating this way back then and on all the forums just wouldn't stop praising durians... So of course I thought I'd love it. Well, it was awful.... I'm pretty sure it was ripe and all, but I couldn't eat it.
They told me it happens when you've been raw not long enough.
5 years later, frozen durian from a thai shop here in Berlin: couldn't finish it. Eating even one piece was hard work.
I tried it once more a couple of weeks ago, but same same: 2 bites, and the rest had to go.
WHY oh WHY? I LOVE fatty fruits, why can't I love the durian?