Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Durian

This is probably the strangest thing I've ever seen in Gelson's, not counting some of the people.  For a start, how did it get here?  Unless laws have changed, it's illegal to fly with a durian, at least in Indonesia - though maybe the answer is in the notice, and Thai Air will carry them.  For durians have a distinctive, and lingering smell - as though someone's thrown up into a bowl of very sweet custard.  Actually, they taste a good deal better than they smell, and somewhere - maybe Thailand, maybe Malaysia, or for all I can remember London - I once tried some durian ice cream.  But who, at nearly $70, is suddenly going to say - oh, I fancy some durian for dinner?  And if it doesn't sell, and doesn't sell - at what point does it become so ripe that it's acting as a very odiferous deterrant?

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