Nature has a way of warning us when things might be bad for us.
Bright colors = Poison.
Loud rattling = Stay away.
Bitter taste = Toxic plants.
See? It’s not that hard.
So you’d think that basically the most hideous, unwelcome-looking fruit known to man with its hard, pointy and very sharp spikes would be nature’s unmistakeable way of warning us to stay away. You thought falling coconuts were dangerous? Durians have coconuts for breakfast. In fact, they may be nature’s answer to mace.
So, you’d think we humans, the most intelligent creatures on the planet, would get the message loud and clear.
But perhaps you aren’t the book lernin’ type. (That’s ok. We can’t all be… I’m sure you’re very special in your own way, just like your mama told you.)
Perhaps you somehow got past the terrifying outside and tasted the flesh that has been described as rotting custard, spoiled meat or even “a mix between pineapple and raw onions”. Yahoo says the smell is reminiscent of liquid petroleum. Yummmm. Liquid petroleum.
Sounds delightful, no? And yet the Vietnamese (and lots of other Asians) can’t seem to get enough.
I visited a durian orchard recently, and even though someone in my group admitted that durian tasted like “crispy fried onions cooked in old oil”, it didn’t stop her from gulping huge mouthfuls of the custardy, pale yellow flesh with obvious glee.
So, looks like you just got pwned, Mother Nature! What else you got?
What about you? What’s the worst food you’ve ever eaten?