Sunday, July 09, 2006
Big pile of stink
It must have been durian season in the Mentawais, because there were little heaps of them all over, exuding their vomitous odor. Apparently the durian season in the Mentawais is opposite to that of nearby Sumatra, so if you live in Sumatra you get to enjoy them twice as often as most Indonesians. Lucky Sumatrans!
Durian does have a very sweet taste, but I find it outweighed by an accompanying flavor that's like a cross between battery acid and garbage. I should try it again now that I'm here, since I've only ever tried it in the States, and traveling thousands of miles rarely improves a piece of fruit. They are famously banned from hotels and public transportation in Singapore, which actually makes me a little more sympathetic toward the durian.