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Durian (Thurian)

Scientific name: Durio zibethinus L.
Season: May to August

Beginning in May and extending through August, the distinctive, smell of Durian fills the air in Thai markets To Thais, the stink is a welcome odor. They regard durian as the king of fruits, well worth the high price it commands.

Some visitors, are offended by the smell and never try the creamy golden flesh hidden within the spiny exterior missing one of the great pleasures of fruit eating.

Thai durians are noted for their subtle flavor and smooth texture. Three of the most popular varieties of the several dozen to choose from are: the cha ni, the kan yao, and, most prized of all, the mon thong.

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