Yummy, Smelly Durian in India??

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Hi everyone,

Last March my husband and I went to visit relatives in India and made a stopover in Thailand. I fell in love with that country (especially the Southern Islands), the people and its food and the durian which is specialty in Thailand. We are heading off to India again at the end of this year and I was wondering if I could get the durian fruit in India??

Yes Yes I know.....durian has a reputation in Asian countries its banned from flights and subways in Singapore, because of its smelly odour..similiar to gas odour! But I love it! If you can get past the smell which disappears after sometime because you become accoustomed to it..Its a lovely tasting fruit like creamy yummy delicate custard...Tastes like heaven smells like hell....haha

What is the Hindi word for Durian anyway? Or tamil? Any Indian language? I tried to explain durian to my Indian relatives and they kept saying Sappota..which I know its not! Is it available so I can indulge in my smelly favorite once more?
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you'll get better answers if you asked about jackfruit.

yeah yeah I know it's not jackfruit either, but they call it that in India. It's mostly found in kerela.
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CDRake is right. You should ask about Jack fruits. I don't think I have seen the Durian in India. The jack fruit however is very popular in the South. The unripe fruit is used in cooking, when used in Sambhar it comes close to tasting like meat:-) Need to grease your hands with cooking oil before you attempt to cut this fruit, otherwise you will have the white latex like material sticking to your fingers. The fruit can be eaten as it is or used in making payasam. I love to eat the seeds roasted over coals too.
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cdrake is usually authorative, but I have to disagree in this case.

My Malasian-Indian Ex-GF in London loved Durian and sometimes we would buy it (at great expense) from that Oriental shopping centre on the Edgware Road.

It stinks like a Gent's toilet that has not been cleaned for a year. It is an astonishing smell. It also has great defences, having spikes that require thick gloves for the guys cutting it up. But the inside pieces are creamy and sweet, bearing a strong resemblance to custard!!!!

The Jackfruit, OTOH, is much bigger. It has a sort of brown (when ripe), warty surface and no spikes. It has a sweet smell, dinstinctively jack-fruity and not at all like old piss. The fruit inside is of a similar shape to the durian pieces, but it does not have that custardy flavour.

It is excessively sticky when cut open and the street sellers cover their hands in coconut oil before handling it.

It is a treat! Although rather put in the shade during the Mango season, yum, yum . But yesterday I discovered something even nicer than fresh jackfruit! Fresh Jackfruit Icecream!.

Now I have something to recommend Saravana Bhavan (that over-priced Chennai food chain that everybody goes to just because it got in the guidebooks) for: that icecream is superb!

I don't think we have Jackfruit trees near Chennai, I think it needs a slightly cooler climate: saw many of them as we climbed the Nilgiris on our Ooty trip a couple of weeks back. Previously, as Cdrake says, I only saw them in Kerala. The size of the fruit is astonishing: as much as a couple of feet long (much bigger than a Durian). That tiny stem by which it hangs must be strong!

An aside... It is the wood of the jackfruit tree that is used to make musical instruments such as veena and mridangam.

We don't have Durian here in S.India. Sorry to disapoint!
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Nick, I did say they were not the same, although durian(and the durian tree) IS found in south India, in kerela. you can see it usually when you're travelling by freshwater canal, the "jackfruit" that is found on thin bamboo like trees is durian, and the "jackfruit" that's found on a regula (banyan like) tree is jackfruit.

The fruit has a different name in the local language, but I can't remember it now.

when you describe it to people, though you say fruit like small jackfruit..beause noone (AFIK) knows the name durian in india.


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Thank you guys for all your advice....guess I have to travel into the backwaters of beautiful Kerala countryside if I might get a Durian in India...sigh..
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Thanks for the great pictures! and sorry for the misunderstanding.

I've never seen Durian for sale here ---but then my horizons are mostly limited to a small part of Chennai . Interesting to know that it does grow here.
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never seen durian as well in kerala and tamilnadu. dont think the small jackfruit is durian. but a personal request would be keep it well outside india if at all its not here yet...

i cannot stand durian...and in fact couldnt even stand my mate eating it sitting next to me in one of those markets in bangkok...ugh!..feel like puking now thinking about it!!!..

jackfruit though...yummmy...in every form, in sweets, in sambhar and stews, chips, in jams, icecreams yes.....wooohoooo!!!
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the small jackfruit is a dwarf plant/tree that comes from doing a graft on the jackfruit tree on some other tree (it looks like a shrub, but is a full grown jackfruit tree), when it is a sapling. the durian is the thin bamboo like tree where you sometimes see people go from tree to tree like tarzan.
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Cdrake

thanks for the pic. of the Durian tree; Does this tree frequently have bats hanging on their branches?
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do you know the exact area of this durian trees orchards/forests in kerala?..i dont recall coming across any or seeing any in many of the fruit stalls that i went to..maybe i was fixated by the jackfruit there..but that durian smell would be hard to miss.
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in the backwaters/ freshwater canals north of trivandrum, the re are also pepper shrubs and farms in the same area.

Ladyvetphd,

yes. durian flourishes where there are bats. there's a symbiotic relationship between the durian tree and the bat. the bats love the durian fruit, and the durian flower gets pollinized by the bat.
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how interesting about the smell!! the fruit of the gingko tree -- and it takes about 20-25 years for a female gingko to bear fruit -- is inedible (to humans at least) and smells exactly like PUKE!! a very strong smell. that's why only male gingkos are sold in the nursery trade, altho sometimes nurserymen make mistakes, but it takes about 20+ years to find that out....
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Aanjily chacka

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Originally Posted by cdrake Nick, I did say they were not the same, although durian(and the durian tree) IS found in south India, in kerela. you can see it usually when you're travelling by freshwater canal, the "jackfruit" that is found on thin bamboo like trees is durian, and the "jackfruit" that's found on a regula (banyan like) tree is jackfruit.

The fruit has a different name in the local language, but I can't remember it now.

when you describe it to people, though you say fruit like small jackfruit..beause noone (AFIK) knows the name durian in india.
I doubt if Durain is found in Kerala. All along Kerala you can find Durain like fruits which resembles neither a Durain nor a Jackfruit in taste. It look like Durain, but its like a jackfruit inside with very small seeds. These trees are called 'aanjily plavu' and its fruit 'aanjily chacka'. Its trees are highly sought after for country boats and traditional house constructions.
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can suresh(palmindiatours) or someone currently there confirm please?

I'm sure I've had durian in kerela and I always thought those bamboo like trees were durian trees.

I even remember having a discussion about people grafting the durian stem on to a native plant and getting fruits within three years.

but I'm no botanist..so I'll defer to someone with superior knowledge or context.
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