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Dec 11, 2006 02:00 PM

getting my hands on a durian in the U.S.

There was interesting thread a few months ago about the legal status of mangosteens in the United States and their availability in New York City.

The discussion got me wondering about whether it's possible to try a Durian without travelling to Asia? Are they regulated or banned here in the states--or are they merely rare/unpopular?

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  1. I would say merely rare/unpopular. In NoVa II am pretty certain that I have seen (frozen?) durian fruit at the asia grocery store Super H.

    1. Neither rare nor unpopular in major West Coast cities. Ranch 99 Markets in SoCal and elsewhere usually have a large bin full of frozen durian. Anyplace with significant numbers of Southeast Asians should have durians in the Asian markets.


      1. Very available in New York City Chinatown. In fact, I had to ban my wife from bringing the "stinky fruit" home. When at my in-laws, I'll sit away from the dining room table when being served

        1. Thanks for the info. Are they always frozen?

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          1. re: Yaqo Homo

            Rarely on the West Coast you'll see them fresh -- Hawaii Supermarket in San Gabriel has them from time to time -- but even the ones grown here in the US are typically frozen. Why, you ask?

            Because. Of. The. Smell.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Yes, I have heard about the famous smell. But I did not know that durians can be grown in the U.S! I assumed they required a very tropical climate.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  Do you know where? I'm still trying to get seeds so a friend can plant them!!

                  1. re: 4chowpups

                    I have no idea, sorry... they require hot and humid weather.

                    Have you tried calling Seed Savers in Decorah, Iowa?

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      Still haven't located durian seeds but thanks for the Seed Savers info, I googled them and found their heirloom stuff fascinating!!!

                      1. re: 4chowpups

                        How about the California Rare Fruit Growers? They should be able to point you somewhere.

          2. Very available in Bloomington, IN.