Discussing durian, the fruit, The Philippines most recent celebrity visitor Anthony Bourdain was once quoted as saying in his TV show No Reservations: ” Its taste can only be described as…indescribable, something you will either love or despise. …Your breath will smell as if you’d been French-kissing your dead grandmother.”
Dead grandma or not, durian certainly looked like it was a staple in Davao City – at least for this tourist. Huge pieces of the fruit were laid out on the sidewalks, more than mangoes or watermelon. I actually had to do a double take, as I first thought it was jackfruit or langka, if not for the pronounced spiky ends. Davao City prides itself for being the “fruit basket of the Philippines,” but at least credit it for being focused in marketing its primary product. It should rightfully be called the “durian capital of the country.”
Even the smell of durian is simply repulsive to some, and to adventurous eaters, it is an acquired taste. I remember my first taste of durian ice cream last June in Singapore, and how I’d describe it as an “unpleasant kind of pleasant.” Ugh.
Anyway, I am just amazed how some Davao natives take to durian as if it was green mango and bagoong. Our guide was actually craving for it right after our hearty seafood meal. And to think she had durian shake to go with it.
The durian shake looked good. I presume the strong durian flavor has already been washed away by the addition of milk, sugar and ice.
But I was proud to have sipped the durian cappuccino which was the signature coffee in BluGre, a popular cafe in the city. A bit pricey at P135, Davao visitors afraid of tasting the real durian should at least have a shot at this one. Maybe they can change their mind. I tried this because am a coffee lover 😛
The pasalubong counter in the Davao international airport also had an array of desserts, from durian pie to durian candies and other tasty bits. Could try some next time.