17 Dec '15, 1pm

Traveling the Durian Trail

The hippies around me said the smell was durian. They explained it with a passionate religiosity on par with their other plant medicines. “It’s like nirvana in a fruit,” one enthused. Another said it was prehistoric proof of the symbiosis between Mother Earth and humans. They swore durian gave them a buzz similar to marijuana. Soon after, I met a man who claimed to be addicted to durian. He hadn’t gone a day without eating it in over seven years. It was all too bizarre not to investigate, so as soon as I got home I purchased a frozen durian at the small Chinese grocery near my house. Half-frozen, it reminded me of vanilla ice cream dusted in chives. It was tasty, but not so tasty I’d travel across the world to eat it (yet; that was coming soon). What hooked me were the stories. I didn’t think anything could top the hippies’ psychedelic yarns, but over the next year I began...

Full article: http://roadsandkingdoms.com/2015/traveling-the-durian-trail/

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