This Wine Stinks

Virtually everyone is familiar with the flavour of the precursor of wine, grapes: they smell and taste delicious even before they make all the wonderful alcohol that we enjoy so much.

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But what about making wine from a fruit that doesn't smell very good. In fact, what about making wine from a fruit that smells like it came straight from a sewer, and one critic described it as being 'like eating strawberry blancmange in a toilet'. What horrific fruit is that, you might ask (and following hot on the heels of that, who's weird enough to eat it)? Behold the stinkingest pile of armoured deliciousness the world of fruit has to offer: durian.

No, this isn't photoshop or some hallucinating Dutch Masters's still-life

Growing in Southeast Asia, durian is a large, dangerous fruit: it's a foot long and six inches in diameter (although I've seen much larger examples in local markets) and according to Wikipedia

Regarded by many people in southeast Asia as the "king of fruits", the durian is distinctive for its large size, strong odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb). Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale yellow to red, depending on the species. more

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Language Lesson

Courtesy of The Drey, a very important and useful local guide--one that travellers everywhere should memorise for us on all and any occasions

Incredibly useful!

Click on the image to embiggen for clearer reading. Skoal, and thanks to The Drey for the invaluable public service. more

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