I really enjoyed this article about the hunt for more elusive Durians. The red and orange Durians, as this article confirms are dead disappointing in taste and it’s just not worth the hassle apart from the novelty of bring instagrammed with it in your hand. Wild Durians probably are relatively “gamey” and appeal only to a narrow palate or if there’s nothing else around to eat.
What was interesting in the article was the mention of the tallest durian tree at 57.5m. The century old tree is located in the deep interior of Sabah in Kampung Kenang-Kenangan supposedly produces 2000 fruit per season. Wow… that’s a real durian bonanza.
The tallest durian tree is located in Tongod
He’s on the hunt for the tortoise durian .. I’m keen to know what that’s like.
In the name of science, people are willing to do crazy experiments. Like crazy expensive experiments. Nothing is too much in the name of science.
The Thai space agency sent a vacuum packed package if Durians into space for a few minutes. Accompanying the Stinky orbiting astronaut were some packets of jasmine rice. (Here’s the article).
In fact, it’s so ridiculous a proposition that I wonder how they justified the cost. Well, here’s the rationale.
“In the future we want astronauts to be able to eat Thai food,” said a spokesperson for Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA).
Is this Thai astronauts eating Thai food or other astronauts eating thai food? Weird. The thai food that springs to my mind isn’t a packet of dehydrated durian. More like a great phad thai, a som tum salad or a fabulous Tom yum soup.
Any other reason?
“We want to see whether there are any physical changes after it returns to earth, for example it might get smaller, or cracked.”
Err ok... so you want to see if vacuum packaging works well in space or if freeze dried durian may dehydrate some more?
I just don’t get it. Let me know if you’ve heard the results.