Sadly, as modernity makes its swift crawl into the countryside, quickly gobbling up vast tract of rainforest and the inhabitants that go with it, there is a danger of the wealth of information will perish someday.
To be a true blue Malaysian, one must eat
Durian is perhaps the jungle’s most revered product and it has been collecting fans for centuries. Victorian naturalist Alfred R. Wallace on his study trip to the Malay Archipelago was perhaps the first westerner to sample durian 150 years ago. “To eat durian is a new sensation worth a voyage to the East”, Wallace praised. However, not many share Alfred Wallace’s view.
“Stinks like hell, but tastes like heaven” - The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany certainly didn’t mince words when it comes to describing bombacaceae durio zibethinus.
The fuss about eating durian is legendary. Mind you, even the smell has “flavour”. Funny thing is, most westerners with a liking for strong cheese would freak out with one sniff of the fruit. “More like eating a combination of rotting onions and bananas”, they say.