When you travel to south-East Asia there is a hell of a lot “musts” on the culinary “to-do list”. In my opinion, Durian (in its many forms), and Jackfruit are two that should very much be on your list.
So in the Durian vs Jackfruit debate, what are the differences, and in a little Apple vs Bananas taste, which is the best?
To kickoff whilst a Durian and a Jackfruit too almost interchangeable to the untrained eye, they are in fact very, very, very different.
The durian is a famously pungent fruit, that is famously banned from many public places in South-East Asia (due to said smell). Inside the big husk of durian fruit is yellow seeds encased in an almost custard-like sweet mixture, that is sucked from the seeds.
Where the best durian comes from is anyone’s guess, but my friends in Padawan told me theirs was, and I see no reason for them to lie. Most people have a love-hate relationship with Durian, westerns, in general, do not like it, but enough with the broad racial stereotypes! If you do manage to find a love of durian, you will find all manner of durian products from ice-cream to candy and even the (surprisingly good) durian pizza.
Jackfruit, on the other hand, is whole other bag of vegetables (see what I did there). The jackfruit is crunchy and has a very sweet caramel-like taste and is used in a lot of cooking, and is popular for juices and the like. I also like jackfruit, but I love durian.
There are numerous videos about how to correctly open a durian, and even how long it should be left on the ground before eating it.
Again my best durian moment was in Borneo eating a freshly fallen one, cut open with a knife and washed down with moonshine. Happy memories indeed!