Richard Sterling wrote that durian smells like “pig-shit, turpentine, and onions, garnished with a gym sock.” Others who share his opinion have added blue cheese, rotting meat, public toilets, and dog farts to the list of interesting odorific comparisons. I actually quite like
the odor of durian. To me it smells like… durian, which equals vanilla delicious. But I can’t stand the
smell of the Balinese white mango, also called the Wani in Balinese or the Binjai in Malay. The slightest whiff of
it activates my gag reflex.
It’s latin name is Mangifera caesia. The smell is pungently putrid, like rotting exotic
perfume. To be fair, I haven’t
yet tasted this fruit as the odor is so repulsive. Rob says it tastes quite
nice, like creamy strawberries and pineapple. He thinks I’m imagining the stench. I backed up my repulsion with this article on the mangifera caesia, which mentions the “foetid rank smell” and notes that it is “rather offensive”. Why wani isn’t banned from hotels and public transit is beyond me.
right now, because they are everywhere! Today, while out hunting durian, we
came across a man up in a tree, knocking down wanis with a long pole. He gave Rob three large
fruits, which will have to ripen outside our hotel room. There’s a no-wani