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Durian (Durio Zibethinius)

A Malayan tree, producing a large fruit - this weighs up to 4.5 kilos/10 lbs in weight, but only about a third is edible. The fruit's covered with a thick spiny skin, and when this is removed, the creamy flesh has a flavour reminiscent of strawberries and cream. When very ripe, however, it can have a very off-putting smell. This is so bad, that their transport is banned throughout the entire Singapore transport system!

In Malaya fruit can be seen for sale at roadside stalls, either to be eaten fresh, to be made into ice cream or cooked with rice and meat dishes.

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