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Durian used in a spa?

Posted by Durianwriter on 2/12/2013 at 06:21

Just curious, has anyone ever heard of this? Supposedly durian is sometimes used for facials in high end spas in Bangkok. Seems unlikely to me.

http://travel.cnn.com/explorations/asias-most-bizarre-spas-and-soaks-545994

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 2/12/2013 at 07:18

Why? They can use many types of fruit.

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Posted by Durianwriter on 9/12/2013 at 17:05

Durian is quite smelly and I would think it would bother the other customers.

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Posted by MADMAC on 9/12/2013 at 21:52

I asked my wife, a veritable expert on facial cremes, if she had ever heard of Durian being used in this capacity and she said unequivocally no. I'm not saying it's not, but it is the opinion of the resident expert it's not.

What's your fascination with Durian anyway?

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 10/12/2013 at 08:53

It's weird. Maybe he sleeps with them.

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Posted by Durianwriter on 10/12/2013 at 15:46

My fascination with durian? Hmmmm how to explain.

A few years ago I got involved in the raw food movement. I met some guys who were so obsessed/addicted to durian that they had relocated to Asia and spent most of their time moving from place to place following the "durian trail." Durian season moves with the monsoon, so that it is nearly always durian season somewhere, if you can figure out where.

I'm a writer, and a quirky person. I thought this whole situation was fascinating - a thorny, dangerous fruit that sometimes kills people (no joke!), is also addicting (people find they feel high after eating it) and seems to be treated differently than other fruit. At the time there was almost no information about it on the internet - just recycled news stories about its smell quoting Alfred Russel Wallace of Bob Holliday.

So in 2012 my partner and I decided to follow the "durian trail." We spent the whole year traveling through 9 countries in Asia and ate durian nearly every day. It was an amazing experience, which I wrote about on a website and in an upcoming book.

Now I'm following up on some rumors by trying to get in touch with folks in the know.

That's a long response. But there it is. If you want to read more about my trip, you can go to my website: www.yearofthedurian.com.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 10/12/2013 at 18:46

Eating anything everyday would be boring. Variety is the spice of life.

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Posted by Durianwriter on 10/12/2013 at 20:28

Thankfully there are 10 species and over 500 varieties of durian, which all taste different :)

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 10/12/2013 at 20:57

"10 species and over 500 varieties of durian"

How can there be 500 if there's only 10 species?

http://addgrainonearth.com/2013/07/31/different-types-of-durian/

12 types here.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 10/12/2013 at 20:58

Yeah sure. Like apples taste different or nose picking. An apple is an apple. It's not exciting to eat them.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 10/12/2013 at 21:00

"Nowadays Thailand is the home of durian with about 200 varieties under study, selection and improvement. This is done to promote cultivation as an export later. The varieties that are favorite among the growers and consumers alike are four types: Chanee, Monthong, Kanyao and Kradumthong."

Only 4 types worth eating then. You could have saved yourself a year and done it in a week LOL

http://www.dit.go.th/agriculture/durian/varietie.htm

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 10/12/2013 at 21:05

Your website says there's 27 species but only a handful are good enough to eat.



Of the 27 species of durian, only a handful are generally considered good enough to eat. The main qualifier for the "edible" category seems to be a relatively high flesh-to-seed ratio. The rest aren't poisonous, but their palatability is in the tongue of the beholder. - See more at: http://www.yearofthedurian.com/2013/05/the-non-edible-durians.html#more

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Posted by MADMAC on 10/12/2013 at 21:30

Well, he's got an answer anyway. Yeah, it's weird, but he did forwarn us.

I don't like Durian. I don't eat it ever, let alone every day. I like normal fruit - apples, oranges, pineapple, watermelon, grapefuit, Som-O.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 10/12/2013 at 21:38

There r 1000s of types of fish and hundreds worth eating but eating fish everyday would be super boring and i like fish.

I guess the word durian sounds exotic hence the study. The same study on apples would not sound cool to him even though there would be more apple varieties that r edible.

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