07 Mar '13, 4pm

Pasalubong from Davao: If durian is the "king of fruits," then mangosteen is their queen. Mangosteen is believ...

MENTION Davao and what comes into your mind - Philippine eagle (the country's bird icon), Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, No Smoking, the country's biggest city in terms of land area, and Kadayawan (Mindanao's festival of all festivals). Of course, Davao is also considered the durian republic because of the controversial fruit. Durian is famous for its odor. The opinions about the qualities of that odor are quite opposite! Most Asian people say that the odor of the durian can be compared to a perfume. Other people, especially foreigners, say that the fruit, when the skin of the fruit is opened, stinks. "It smells like hell and tastes like heaven" is how some foreigners describe the fruit. Listening to foreigners, the conclusion can be as follows: "You can stand the taste of the durian fruit, but not the smell." The following limerick says it all: The durian - neither Wallace n...

Full article: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/feature/2013/03/07/pasalu...

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