For newcomers: The A to Z Challenge is where a bunch of people blog throughout the month of April, choosing a certain theme and then posting with a corresponding letter for each day.
Growing up, “picky eater” was the perfect way to describe my culinary tastes. My parents were big into us kids having a well-rounded palate (for which I’m incredibly thankful) and we generally weren’t allowed up from the table until we’d eaten all the food on our plate. This led to me sitting at our table for long periods of time simply because I wasn’t inclined (to put it mildly) to put food I didn’t like into my mouth.
Somewhere in the passages of time, I kinda got over the pickiness and over the years might have overcompensated a bit. Worms, fossilized dinosaur teeth, Guinea pig (while in Peru), bark from a Redwood tree, crickets, and many other marginalized edibles have been consumed by me in the last decade.
Some of these foods have been weird, but if we want to talk about the most disgusting tasting food I’ve ever eaten? Well, we need look no longer. Today’s letter is….
I would say durian looks harmless enough, but in reality, it’s a heavy, spiky ball of fruit fully capable of killing someone – no joke.
It grows in Indonesia and is apparently delicious to some people and somewhat addictive. Back in 2014, I went to visit friends in Indonesia for a month and all throughout my visit heard about durian – half of the family I was with thought it was a heaven-sent treat and the other half detested it. I couldn’t wait to try it for myself and form my own opinions.
The smell alone is enough to bring quivers to my stomach – it smells like a mixture of rotting onions and roadkill and the scent is so strong that no one can sneak anywhere with the fruit. (And in some places it’s literally against the law to bring it with you.)
It tastes much like it smells, and the texture is somewhat on par with cream cheese. So, just imagine cream cheese that tastes like putrid onions and smells twice as strong, and you’ve got a good idea of what durian is really like.
I’m quite thankful for getting to taste durian and find it amazing that what one person craves another person can detest. Trying new foods from other countries is so much fun, no matter if you actually like it or not.
What I Listened To While Blogging:
The soundtrack for “The Prince of Egypt” (yes, yes, again. i might be slightly addicted)
Where I Blogged:
In my office
Indonesia has the most delicious fruit I’ve ever tasted
Question of the Day:
What’s the worst-tasting thing you’ve ever eaten?