While perusing the aisles at K&S World Market, I have often wondered about the durian—a spiky fruit that looks like the business end of a huge, misshapen mace. I've thought of buying one before, but never have.
Well, some Nashville kids took the plunge, and the above video is a document of their experience. Needless to say, they did not enjoy the durian, which they use a mallet to smash open. "Don't throw up!" one onlooker exclaims. (Some of the language is NSFW, unless you work at the Scene.)
Even a durian aficionado can't deny the fruit's pungence: "Well, durians have a strong smell and a unique taste," says Lionel Bauer over at durian.net. "Could be that those who haven't seen others indulging in durians have doubts as to the fruit's fitness for human consumption. Judging by the fruit's smell, its flesh moves straight from unripe to rotten."
The question for the chefs out there: What could you make with it?