12 Oct '17, 5am

Scientists explain mystery behind durian’s pungent smell | via @inquirerdotnet https://t.co/LotfU88i8H

Scientists explain mystery behind durian’s pungent smell | via @inquirerdotnet https://t.co/LotfU88i8H

It smells like hell, but tastes like heaven. This is how the spiky durian fruit is described. Aside from its prickly appearance and distinct flavor, what sets it apart from other fruits is its pungent aroma. The origin of its scent has long been a mystery, up until a group of Singaporean scientists managed to discover where it comes from. ADVERTISEMENT In a quest to produce an “odorless or milder-tasting” fruit, researchers funded by a group of anonymous durian lovers found a special odor gene within the fruit, the BBC reports. After a complete genetic map of the durian, the five-man team of cancer specialists discovered the unique chemical, which also helps attract animals to consume the fruit and disperse its seeds. “Our analysis revealed that volatile sulphur production is turbocharged in durians, which fits with many people’s opinions that durian smell has a ‘sulphury’...

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