Orgasmically Good for You: Durian Tips from a Dabawenyo Exiled in Cebu

Thursday, January 5, 2012



Synonymous to Davao is a fruit commonly misunderstood by many due to its foul smell and weird taste. In fact, most establishments (some surprisingly in Davao) don't allow people to bring and eat durian.  Some people say that the smell of durian is like "rotten tomatoes mixed with smelly feet" while others claim that although it smells like "hell", it surely tastes like "heaven".

I once hated it myself when my parents first bought durian when I was still in grade school but I was wrong after I tried it -- all it takes is a matter of training your nasal and gastrointestinal tracts. If you can live with the smell and taste of durian candies or the ice cream (or even the durian-flavored condom), the fruit is no less different.

Let not the smell of durian get in the way of losing your durian virginity. Just like sex, you need to go through a bit of pain, in this case, a few ounces of testicular fortitude and maybe a few trips to the bathroom.

Make your trip to Davao worthwhile and memorable. Make sure you don't miss the opportunity of eating the "king of all fruits."

Here are some tips to enjoy eating durian in Davao:

Where to Buy
Durian can be bought from virtually every food stand in the city but Davao's famous place to buy durian is located in front of Magsaysay Park along the corner of Leon Garcia and Uyanguren streets. Peak season is from August to October where prices can go as low as PHP 20.00 per kilo depending on the variety.

Choose the best variety
Durian has many varieties like the chanee, puyat, and the arancillo. Personally, I like the arancillo (named after former BPI-PhilFruits director Vicente Arancillo), because of its delectable taste and texture. In fact, many people consider it to be the best variety. You can ask the vendor if you want to try the different varieties.

Durian-Coke Combo
There's even a myth that surrounds eating the fruit -- never mix it with beer, whiskey or brandy -- but I've heard of other people who mixed it with alcohol and lived to tell the tale.

Just to be safe, don't try it unless you're suicidal.

Durian is best served with an ice-cold Coke drank straight from the bottle. I don't know why. I just works every time.

Remove the After Smell
Lastly, if you're concerned about the smell it will leave in your hand, try rubbing your fingers afterwards on the inner rind of the husk several times and wash with alcohol or with soap and water.

Breath mints for your mouth, too.

Again, eat at your own risk and let me know how it worked for you! Leave something down below.

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