What’s a durian like if it has no smell?

One of the reasons why many people (including some of my own family members) don’t like durian, is that they claim that the smell alone puts them off. Not just the smell that hits you when you’re approaching the stall, not just the smell that hits you when you first cut open a ripened fruit, but the smell of the fruit once digested which returns to remind you in the form of either a loud or discrete burp….

Chantaburi Province- Non smelly durian cultivation

Chantaburi Province- Non smelly durian cultivation

Since we’ve decided that there’s got to be a way to convince my various family members to become converts to the durian aficionado’s club, I started looking into durians with no smell. Not surprisingly, enterprising researchers have already been working on this project for a couple of years and come up with some hybrids which have less or little smell. Named the “Chantaburi No. 1”, this species of Thai durian is already in existence although I have no idea whether it is as yet sold at Siam Paragon’s supermarkets. The scientist Dr. Songpol Somsri is in the process (well, he’s been in the process for 20 years) of designing one which will yield a durian with no smell and (beat this) no thorns.

Distinguishing durians from jackfruits and soursops just got more challenging… no smell and no thorns. Perhaps we should name them after the band “Duran Duran” since we can’t really call it duri-an anymore…

The Chantaburi No. 1 link above has a great audio clip with an interview with Dr. Songpol, which is really funny and I highly recommend you click on it and give it a listen 🙂

4 thoughts on “What’s a durian like if it has no smell?

  1. haha! I love the audio clip! First time I hear someone describing it as smelling like vomit! That’s ridiculous…

  2. Hello everyone. I am growing durian myself, if anyone is interested in buying seeds let me know. The seeds and trees I grow come from Thailand.

  3. I had durian yesterday in the States. It had no smell at all and it tasted nice! It had spikes however so now wondering if it must a hybrid or something!

    • Hi Lisa,

      Did you get a picture of the durian? What do you mean “it had spikes” but you think it must be a hybrid? As it had no smell, was it Thai in origin? Was the flesh hard or soft? Ripe durians like what we have here should have the texture of “Philly cream cheese”.

      Tell us more about your experience… why and where did you have the durian?

      Stinky Spikes 😉

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