First references to durian date back to 1580 and its name is derived from the Old Malay word dûrî that means "thorn". Durian weighs between 2 and 7 lb (1 and3 kg) and is around 12 in (30 cm) and 6 in (15 cm) in diameter. But that’s not the most recognizable trait of Durians. Durian is a fruit of a very special smell to put it lightly. People's opinions on the subject of durian, usually divide up: some people cringe, and some of them get hungry with its smell, some people literally can't stand it with a passion, and some think it tastes kind of… yummy. If you don’t even imagine what you’re faced with, it’s custard-like texture might be a surprise.
The flesh of durian can be eaten at various phases of ripeness, and it can be used as a flavor to a wide variety of sweet desserts and savory dishes all around southeast Asia. When cooked, the seeds can be consumed as well.
Although this spiny fruit can be stinky and frightful for most of the foreigners, try it under refrigeration next time as being frozen, it usually tastes just like ice cream. However, despite the smell, the taste is sweet, like honey. Durian has been named a "king of all fruits" for a good reason, and Taiwan produces over 5,000 tonnes of it each year.