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Durian Fruit: When It Smells, It Pours

Durian Fruit: When It Smells, It Pours
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Notoriously known for its distinct and for some people, irritating smell; the Durian fruit has established its reputation as perhaps the fiercest fruit in the archipelago. The fruit is so bad that it has enthroned itself to the highest pedestal possible in the kingdom of Philippine fruits, priding across its name the title of the “King of all Fruits”
One popular saying goes by this, "don't judge a book by its cover". Enter a popular native fruit from the Philippines and you'll seriously think about rephrasing that adage into this: "don't judge a fruit by its smell".

Notoriously known for its distinct and for some people, irritating smell; the Durian fruit has established its reputation as perhaps the fiercest fruit in the archipelago. The fruit is so bad that it has enthroned itself to the highest pedestal possible in the kingdom of Philippine fruits, priding across its name the title of the 'King of all Fruits'. Not even the world's most wanted goons can outmatch the notoriety of this infamous fruit. Aside from its awful smell, Durian also comes packed with a solid husk of thorny structures which really doesn't help offsetting the negative reception it has gained with its unpleasing odor.

But as with the yin having a yang, Durian also has its bright side. Actually, Durian epitomizes greatly that popular notion of which many Filipinos believe in: 'beauty is skin deep". It's just that with Durian, beauty is also "fragrance deep". Behind its brawn structure and its intolerable smell lies a unique taste of sweetness beyond compare. The tender fleshy tissues coating its seeds offer a sumptuously delicious delight that may probably taste foreign for first-timers but one that will surely hook them up and captivate them to ask for more. And best of all, one would most likely stop minding about the smell once they'll start drowning themselves with Durian's inexplicably addicting taste.

Durians are commonly grown in the southern part of the country, with the Davao region embracing them as one of their very own prized treasures. The largest city in the country, Davao, is known to be the number one producer of the crop locally and among the top tier exporters among the Durian-growing Asian countries along with Thailand, Brunei, Malaysia, and others.

Durian may obviously lack the elegance of our filipino food, such as our national fruit, the mango, or the vividly bright color of an apple, or the ideal fragrance of any other fruits out there. But there's something behind its uniqueness, appearance, smell, and overall nature that meets more than just the eye or the nose at that, or even any other sense organs we believe we posses. What's so special about this fruit is that it relates to us. It teaches us. And at deep thought, we can actually see ourselves as durians.

Yes, we are all durians in spirit. Like durians, we are not to be judged and we are not to judge by the looks of the eye, by the smell of the nose, by the touch of the skin, or by the taste of the tongue. Like durians, we have a chance to prove to everybody else who we truly are. Just like durians, our true identity lies deep within. For not all things come as attractive and fragrant as advertised. Sometimes, the one that smells is actually the one that pours.

Check Out Some of our Durian products, including Mr. Coco Durian Pudding, and Yaco Freozen Glutinous Rice with Durian in Coconut Milk.

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