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World's Weirdest Exotic Fruits: durian

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This small fruit, native to China and Southeast Asian countries, has a thorn-covered husk and an outsize reputation for its odor. Tracey Manner, who tried it in Malaysia, says: “Your breath smells for hours after, like you ate gym socks.” Some places have outlawed the fruit on public transportation, and many hotels forbid anyone to enter with one. Mikaya Heart, a travel writer, was once kicked off a bus for carrying one in her bag. But durian is one of her favorite tastes: “It is very succulent and oily, the consistency and color of really thick custard.” Tom Sheehan, who specializes in bike tours of Southeast Asia, recommends durian ice cream and chips because they “have the flavor but none of the odor. The chips are a slightly sweeter version of a potato chip and a bit harder.”


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