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Jan 17, 2008 09:10 AM

Durian in New England?

I've seen so much about these little buggers. Anyone have any idea where I could find one? I'm in Providence, but willing to travel. Thanks in advance!

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  1. There is a Chinese/Thai market here in Portland that carries them "when they have them at Qunicy Market." So, either come to Portland and check out the market on St. John St or see if they have them at the market near Fanneuil(sp?) Hall in Boston...

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    1. re: Bunnyfood

      No kidding. Where on St. John St? Although I could probably find the place if I drive around with the windows down...

    2. they sell them frozen at south east asian markets here in providence.. if this is your first time trying durian, let me say that the frozen variety is no where close to how the fresh ones taste. i wouldnt even bother. i'm not sure if fresh durians are allowed in the US due to agricultural laws, etc.. I have yet to encounter fresh durian here.. but if you ever go to South East Asia, definitely try them despite their notorious stink. durian has a creamy, custardly sweet taste that is as unique as their smell. durian ice cream is pretty good too.. if you're very curious, you can try durian wafers.. i think the brand is "garden" .. they have the durian smell but also the creamy durian taste.

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      1. re: sprinklez

        There are definetly fresh durian in providence - I bought one last spring from the market near Pho Paradise last spring to make into ice cream. Perhaps they are seasonal.

        1. re: sprinklez

          I've had the frozen ones, along with durian ice cream, smoothies, and candy. How are the fresh ones different? Are they more pungent? I know the more highly prized ones in SE Asia are the smelliest. I didn't find the frozen one to be that bad at all.

          1. re: Dinsdale45

            When you make ice cream with it the smell goes way down. The fresh has a sweet onion flavor with a custard texture.

        2. I just saw them here in Providence last week. Really! The fresh ones. They were at Sunny Market, which is on Resevoir Ave, on the Providence side. Near the 4 Seasons Restaurant and I believe a Job Lot. They were smaller than ones I saw in Asia, but definitely durians!

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          1. re: bastaya

            Sweet! I live in the Armory, so that's about a 5 minute drive. I'll have to go check this weekend.

            Thanks everyone!

          2. The Super 88 Asian supermarket in Allston (Boston) has them fresh but I can't attest to the quality or the price. Having tried durian many, many times in Asia I have to say that I am not a big fan and my Asian friends tell me that there are many different types and the taste varies widely. Super 88 nhas just about anything and everything you could want for Asian cooking.

            1. they ain't little, in size taste or smell.
              but as others have posted; they're available at almost all C-Marts, Super 88s and decent size Asian markets near Boston.

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              1. re: ScubaSteve

                Be advised, they are pungent. We almost had to evacuate our office the other day because of complaints of a supposed gas leak--it turned out that three of our employees had brought in durian milkshakes and were enjoying them at their desks!

                  1. re: whs

                    that actually happened to one of my friends in college! he brought durian to his dorm and the whole building evacuated because they thought it was a gas leak. they later found out it was just stinky fruit.

                    anyway, i didnt know providence had durian. sorry for my previous ill-advice. i will look out for them as well. happy eatings!