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  1. Fun stuff. I especially liked the size showdown so I looked up some numbers. While a 268 pound watermelon is impressive, it seems the king of the hill is pumpkin. Just last year a record setting pumpkin weighed in at… drum roll… 2009 pounds!

    • lol, I guess I didn't think of pumpkins as a fruit! Jeez, a 2 ton fruit is insane! That could feed an entire village. Or make enough juice to flood it :P Had any pumpkin juice lately Mango?

  2. For me, and I'm English (although married to a Chinese) durian is simply the most wonderful food God has ever created. The smell and taste is out of this world, I crave for it like a forbidden drug! No other food creates such diametrically opposed views…you either worship it or are disgusted by it. I for one worship it!

  3. I have never seen or tasted durian .. but I ordered some seeds online recently and hope i live long enough to see them come to fruit. Your description of the jackfruit was not very flattering. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE JACKFRUIT

  4. Fantastic article, thank you for writing it and clarifying in detail the differences between the two. Although I really enjoyed the writing style and humour, I sadly cannot say the same about my feelings for durian. The smell is enough to chase me away from any space where it is sitting. I've been living in China for a couple of years now, and had first thought that some local supermarkets smelled like rotting meat. But later realized that it was your friend, the durian (and yes, not jackfruit).

    • Dear Lance,
      I suggest your reserve your judgment of durian until you have tasted (and smelled) a fresh one. The difference between the odor of a durian that has just dropped from the tree and one that has been sitting around for days is quite remarkable.
      Thanks for reading this article! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
      - Lindsay

  5. I knew durian and not jackfruit. I love durian and I am a westener… it was almost grounds for divorce my all day eating durian when I went to Malaysia with my boyfriend. Nice post.

  6. I knew durian and not jackfruit. I love durian and I am a westener… it was almost grounds for divorce my all day eating durian when I went to Malaysia with my boyfriend. Nice post.

  7. Thanks for this article, ive been trying to understand the difference for years. I had durian a long time back and i loved it. I didnt know what it was and i thought it was jackfruit, i think for the reasons this article has pointed out. I finally got my hands on frozen jackfruit, thinking i was going to get a taste of that yellow custardy sweetness, instead i got something stringy and inedible. Thats what brought me here. Now i know. Now i wonder where i can get frozen durian from.

    • Glad this article was of help! I also prefer durian to jackfruit, although if you find one of the jackfruits that are soft inside, rather than crunchy, they can be very nice. To find frozen durian I would check an Asian grocery in your area :)

    • Well right after i posted that i immediately googled where to buy frozen durian, and it led me right back to this website, and your page on where to buy durian in la, where i currently happen to live, and your convenient durian hotspot map. I cant wait to check out 99 ranch. I see it all the time and had no idea it was an asian market. Thanks again for your hard work and info. Im so excited to go there this weekend.

  8. Could some of the confusion come from another language? Perhaps French? I have a jar in front of me that is labeled with three names – Jackfruit, Langka, and Durien. I assume that "Durien" and "Durian" sound very similar. (I also assume "Langka" is from the Philippines.)

  9. Never had Duran or Jackfruit, but i have had and love soursop, grew up on it. This seems a similar fruit, just smaller and inside pure white with black seeds, does not smell and tastes magnificent.

    • Let Dry the Jackfruit seeds. Smash and grind or chew a few pieces when one diarrhea. It's used as a natural remedy in India.

      I love the dried seed too. I used to use it as thickening agent for daal, gravies etc.

  10. Just returned from my first study-holiday in Nanjing, China (jul/aug'15). Was curious at first sighting of durian. Bought it but gave it away to a helpful local volunteer (coz I was told he absolutely loved it). Then I wanted to try it myself but was told it was banned in the university hotel where I was staying. Desperate, I finally spotted Durian ice-cream just as I was leaving Nanjing. It was a taste of heavenly paradise. Went to Chinatown (Manhattan) yesterday and found Durian chewy sweets in a small supermarket on Mulberry St. Was disappointed to read that it had only 1.5%, yet relishing it daily. Can't wait to really taste durian some day. Thanks for the wonderful article and all comments that followed… a

    • Thanks Lindsay. I've seen them now. Afraid my neighbours may have me evicted if I take one home! I took the sweets for my office mates earlier this week, and the container was still full as of today. So disheartening. The smell turned them away.

  11. And for those unfamiliar with the jackfruit, you'll get it in my parents' birthplace – Goa (India) and i'm sure you'll love it as much as I do (if ripe and juicy). It is seasonal, though … a

  12. There were two Jackfruit trees in the area where I lived with my parents as a kid. I used to watch the gardeners take them off when they were ready to be plucked out. They wouldn't let them fall to the ground, as the fruit inside would be damaged if it burst open.

  13. Hi Nina, thanks for your comments! You're right that jackfruit normally needs to be picked as it doesn't fall on it's own and may actually rot on the tree, at which point it falls in disgusting chunks!

  14. One suggestion, at least near me locally it makes sense, is specifically because Jackfruit does come from India. Where I lived there were many Indian people, and where I work (multiple places I have worked) one often works along side many Indian people so that there are shops and stores that carry imports and groceries all around from India.

    Enough that they even sub-segregate between Indo-Pakistani groceries, South Indian Groceries, etc.

    Jackfruit seems to travel better than Durian too.

    So it may be that if they live in the right place, western people are more likely to have seen a weird spiky fruit and learned that it is a Jackfruit.

    Thus seeing other spiky fruits it's not surprising they might think that there is only one spiky tropical fruit from the east.

  15. Being from Brazil I am used to Jackfruits, but never tasted a Durian. So… I believe either Jackfruits have been brought from India to the Americas (hence being more well know to westerns) or they have some South American relative. Anyway… I am going to SE Asia soon and I am definitely tasting a Durian. I am not a big fan of Jack, but I hope I enjoy this new mysterious fruit. Thanks for all the details. I just loved all your helpful explanation.

    • Hi Marcus, good luck on your exploration of SE Asia! I hope that you like the durian more than the jack — for me I only like jackfruit when it is very ripe and preferably one of the soft varieties, otherwise it is too starchy. If you bring back durian seeds you can plant them in Brazil!

  16. I am from Oklahoma and have seen jackfruit in the different Asian markets there. I've never seen durian, though. Also, I've never tried either but I'd love to! I now live in upstate South Carolina and am hoping to find both because now my curiosity is definitely piqued!

    • Hi Erica,
      Very cool to find jackfruit in Oklahoma! I'm sure if they have the jack they have the almighty durian as well — have you checked the freezer section? I've bought durian in North Carolina before, good luck on finding it in S.C.! Hope to hear how you like it :) Thanks for commenting!

  17. Hey I am western and only knew durian until right now, as I found some jackfruit at Changi Airport. I first proceeded to mistake it for durian by the way. I hope this cheers you up a bit.

  18. Hey I am western and only knew durian until right now, as I found some jackfruit at Changi Airport. I first proceeded to mistake it for durian by the way. I hope this cheers you up a bit.

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