Saturday, June 14, 2014

Durians of Davao and Pungent Wonders


Pungent and powerful smell with a taste that's a slice of heaven. But look at the fruit, it's thorns of husk are steely and dangerous, thus if it falls on your skull straight from the tree, you'd probably end up with a horribly "crackling" head injury. It's no wonder then that it's southeast Asia's King of Fruits. If it were an animal, it'd be a lion. There are so many varieties in Davao alone, but my favorite is the "Puyat". They even have the "Cojuangco", which is really a "Malaysian". One even sounded like an ophthalmic brand name, "Alcon". There's a Monthong (the most popular in Thailand), the chanee, the "Davao native" etc.

ODORLESS

Elsewhere, the "Chantaburi no.1" is a specially cultivated odorless durian, straight from the brilliant mind of Thai scientist Songpol Somsri. I have never tasted it. But come to think of it? What is a durian without its pungent odor? What is food without its characteristic smell?

Durian is gradually spreading all over the world; it's even found in Madagascar and Australia. In the Hainan Island (south China), the fruits are similarly cultivated so you can be sure the Chinese would lay claim over ownership of all Durians of the world based on fictitious historical data. Soon, they'd ask every other country to pay royalties, otherwise, they'd bomb the shite out of the infringers. After all, Durian just might be a communist fruit! (Just wait for the historical writers to finish their new novel!) Yup, the durian is imaginatively Chinese in origin - all the way back from the Xia Dynasty - and the Qin and the Sui... or whatever comes into the Chinese figment of imagination.)

This fruit on a tree (above) was taken at Loleng Resort, a farm resort up in Mount Talomo, Davao City.

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