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09-17-2006, 06:13 PM
I just found a durian at the asian market. It is big and has pointy things all over it. I was very excited because I have read about how good they are for awhile, but, um, how do you open it? Do I just cut into it?
09-17-2006, 06:25 PM
you can just pull it apart with your hands very easy! you can use your knife point to pierce the skin between the rows the long way,then pull it apart by inserting your fingers in opposite directions then pulling. It is divided into pods so don't throw any away! Very good like egg custard and sweet but the smell may turn you off--don't let it, just hold your nose. You can also put it in smoothies. Enjoy :)
09-17-2006, 06:28 PM
I'd like to try one of these. I hope I find one sometime!
09-18-2006, 03:56 PM
Hi rawsome girl - I hope you enjoyed your Durian! I bought one today - it cost 11 UK pounds - hope cheaper where you are! I do find them very oniony, but strangely delicious, and so creamy. I wonder whether they would hold the same appeal if they only cost as much as bananas? I've eaten 3quarters of mine and am feeling properly full up for the first time on my raw venture. I always cut mine open along a join with a knife. I'll try breaking with my hands next time though, as I suppose it would ensure that the pods I'm not aiming for stay intact - you will know what I mean when you have discovered the internal architecture of your strange fruit :cool:
My local Durian seller has always sold me lovely ripe ones - everybody seems to have their own method for telling, but it's an expensive mistake to open one before it's ripe. Anyway, he gets his gardening gloves on, shakes it really hard, and listens for the rather squelchy sound of the ripe pods of flesh inside coming loose from the pithy cavity :D
09-18-2006, 04:44 PM
The Thai way of opening a durian is to:
1. snap off the stem
2. turn the thing upside down
3. look for the biggest section the durian. Each durian comes with one biggest section or compartment, if you will. Use that as your guide. That section is the easiest to split.
3. stab into the center of its bottom with a big boning knife or a Chinese cleaver (there should be a brown "belly button") and make a cut down the curve of the biggest section and another cut down the exact opposite side.
4. split the blessed thing in half with your hands.
5. to get to all the section, always start by making a cut down the middle of the curve always starting at the bottom.
09-19-2006, 11:53 PM
This is the durian I purchased for about $6 last week- very good deal at the International Market~
10-04-2006, 12:52 PM
I have a page on my blog that has pictures and explanations showing how to open a durian. You can check it out at http://www.reallyrawfood.com.
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