16 Mar '15, 12pm

This insane fruit is probably the world’s most celebrated (and persecuted)

This insane fruit is probably the world’s most celebrated (and persecuted)

Enlarge This is what durian looks like, in the Philippines. (NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images) JAKARTA, Indonesia — Many years ago, an aging king wasn’t loved by his young bride. So he went to see a hermit. The hermit sent the king on an epic journey to collect various rare and wonderful ingredients and plant them in his garden. The king did as he was told and, not long after, a luscious, fragrant durian tree sprang up. After tasting its splendid fruit, the young bride immediately fell for the king, and the king threw a big party to celebrate. Unfortunately, he forgot to invite the hermit so the hermit cursed the tree. From that day on, the delicious durian retained its seductive taste, but smelled like a trash dump on a hot summer’s day, and was covered in a shell of nasty spikes. Slightly more complex versions of this legend can be found across Southeast Asia, but what’s sure...

Full article: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-paci...

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