Is it illegal to eat durian?

Answered by Randy McIntyre

It is not illegal to eat durian. While it is true that the fruit is banned from certain places like hotels, public transportation, and flights in Thailand, Japan, and Hong Kong, this ban is not related to the act of eating the fruit itself. Rather, it is due to the strong and pungent odor that durian emits.

The smell of durian is notoriously strong and has been described by some as unpleasant or offensive. Some people have compared it to the smell of rotten onions, stale socks, or even raw sewage. This strong odor can linger in confined spaces and can be disruptive to others, hence the ban in certain public areas.

However, outside of these specific restrictions, there are no laws or regulations prohibiting the consumption of durian. In fact, durian is a popular fruit in many Southeast Asian countries and is enjoyed by millions of people.

When it comes to the taste of durian, it is quite unique. Despite its strong smell, the flavor of durian is often described as sweet and creamy, with a custard-like texture. Some people also detect hints of almond in its taste. It is this unusual combination of flavors that makes durian a delicacy for many.

While it may be an acquired taste, durian has a loyal following of enthusiasts who appreciate its distinctive flavor and aroma. In countries where durian is widely consumed, you can find various dishes and desserts made with durian as a key ingredient.

Eating durian is not illegal, but its strong odor has led to restrictions on where it can be consumed in certain countries. Whether you enjoy the taste of durian or not is subjective, but it is certainly a fruit that elicits strong reactions and has a unique profile unlike any other.