Kade and I went to Chanthaburi, Thailand, where a lot of durian is grown. I mean A LOT! There's actually a durian festival held there. On our visit, we actually took a tour of an orchard, where we saw durians growing on trees. The red fruit is rambutan, another favorite fruit of mine.
One of the best descriptions of the durian that I ever read was this:
"It's like eating Haagen-Daz ice cream while sitting on a toilet." - anon.
The durian can be a hit-or-miss with people. It was a hit with me, and I grew to really love it. In fact, Kade's dad would bring some home just for me. He told Kade that I was more Thai than a Thai.
I do want to add that the durian is a very versatile fruit. In an unripened state, it can be fried into durian chips. It's a great snack that way. Plus, it doesn't have the farty aroma that, in the fresh form, makes some people want to flee. The durian can also be made into a wonderful dessert. Kade makes durian in coconut milk, served over sweet sticky rice. It's delicious that way as well. If you're ever in Asia and you want to try something exotic, check out the durian. If you can't make it there, swing by one of Asian markets and get a whole durian. They are shipped in frozen and they hold up pretty well.