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the highly esteemed, edible fruit of Durio zibethinus. The edible portions are the seeds found inside the large spiny fruits, which may weigh several pounds. The durian, although notoriously pungently malodorous (a mildly scented variety has been developed), has an aril (an extra seedcovering) that tastes like a combination of banana, caramel, and vanilla, with a slight onion tang. The seeds may be eaten raw, roasted or canned. The durian is an important cash crop in Indomalesia, particularly as an exotic export to Europe and North America. Durian is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Malvales, family Bombacaceae.
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The very large football-sized spikey prehistoric-looking fruit can weight up to 10 lbs (4.5kg) and has been known to kill people falling from the tree. It’s said they fall mainly at night when people aren’t around. The tropical tree is very large- 75-150 ft tall (25-75m). They begin fruiting after 4-5 years and can bear fruit twice a year. People either love or hate the fruit. On one side, it can smell like rotten eggs because of it’s high sulfur content (which is great for youthful skin). This strong odor brings forth vile disgust in many people. But others love the fruit because it’s sweet dessert-like inner flesh looks and tastes like custard, flan or creme brulee, and is quite popular as an aphrodisiac. Very high in tryptophan, which makes people feel good and relax. Also high in protein, sugar, healthy fats and carbs for energy. Each durian has 5 segments which can break open by hand when ripe. Each segment has a soft mass of custard-like flesh with a nut inside. This can be eaten raw or dehydrated or mixed into a pudding in a blender. Nut is also edible. Durian fruit looks similar to Jackfruit on the outside, but isn’t related.



(Durio zibethinus), a tall (reaching 45 m) evergreen fruit tree of the family Bombacaceae. The leaves are leathery and oblong and have smooth margins. The flowers are bisexual and gathered into corymbs. The fruits are large (up to 3 kg), oval or spheroid, covered with hard spines, and five-celled, with several seeds in each chamber. The seeds are large and embedded in a juicy tissue that is an outgrowth of the wall of the pericarp. Durian grows wild in the forests of Borneo, Sumatra, and the Malay Peninsula. The trees are cultivated in Southeast Asia and southern India. The pulp of the fruits with its peculiar garlic odor is used as food.


Siniagin, I. I. Tropicheskoe zemledelie. Moscow, 1968.
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La principale espece comestible (et commerciale) de durian est entree dans les classifications occidentales dans le cours du XVIIIe siecle, sous le nom de Durio zibethinus4.
En liant, sur le papier, le destin du durian a celui du petit animal, Linne lui-meme n'a d'ailleurs jamais fait reference a l'affinite entre les odeurs du fruit et celles du petit mammifere, mais plutot a la gourmandise du second pour le premier (Mariani a paraitre), reprenant en cela les observations de Rumpf (1741), qui le premier avait fait etat de cette faiblesse prejudiciable (6) du zibet pour le durian.
Cette animalisation progressive de l'odeur du durian participe en l'occurrence d'un processus plus global de naturalisation, dont les avatars sont nombreux.
Pour rendre l'odeur du durian evidente, pour la faire aller de soi, il a fallu que pendant trois siecles les explorateurs, les colons europeens et desormais les touristes, les expatries et certains ethnologues l'associent a ce qu'il existe de plus degoutant, ou tout du moins a ce qui a dans le meme temps ete defini comme tel.
A l'heure du grand partage, on a pousse l'odeur du durian parmi les immondices.
Selon LGDR, le durian possede <<une odeur qui allie l'arome du camembert sur le retour d'age a celui d'une creme de purin>> (LGDR 2005: 196).
Throughout the film we are confronted with images of Fang Fang seducing and manipulating her preys, but, unlike Yan in Durian Durian, we virtually know nothing about who she really is, where she comes from, and why she is willing to sell her body in order to go to Hollywood.
If Durian Durian offers a reading of China from the perspective of post-1997 Hong Kong by linking the two places in a continuum of historical flux, thus postulating a complex vision of "unity" in duplicity, Hollywood, Hong Kong is less certain about this unity.
While the migrants' journeys query the efficacy of "reunification" as "homecoming" (in Durian Durian), they also project a rather bleak vision of both Hong Kong and China as the two societies are engrossed, and entwined, in their respective global dreams (in Hollywood, Hong Kong).
22) Wendy Gan, Fruit Chan's Durian Durian (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2005), 4-8.
23) Durian Durian continues the story of Fan [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], the teenage illegal immigrant in Little Cheung.
28) Ye Nienchen, "Can't Pass a Good Story: From Little Cheung to Durian Durian," Hong Kong Panorama 19992000, 22-24.