Durian, the “king of fruits” in Southeast Asia, is a polarising fruit with a distinct aroma. You either love it or hate it. Encased in a spiky husk, the durian has creamy, custard-like flesh with a complex blend of sweet, bitter, and nutty flavours. Cherished for its unique and rich taste, it is enjoyed fresh or used in various dishes, but its potent smell has led to restrictions in some places.
Durians are best when eaten fresh. It is sold frozen in Asian stores and there are many confectionaries made from durian paste.