Durian (Sau Rieng)
may wonder why this fruit has to bear such an austere name as "sau
rieng" (one's own sorrows). If you are curious enough, travel to the
orchard province in southern Vietnam where the locals are likely to recite the immortal love story.
ago, there was a young couple that lived in the region. Because of
social prejudices that could not be overcome, the couple sought their
own deaths in order to be faithful to each other. Their own sorrows
received the population's sympathies, and the story of their tragedy has
been handed down from generation to generation. To commemorate the
couple, the locals have named one of their most valuable fruits sau rieng.
is an expensive fruit. One durian fruit is five to six times larger
than a mango. Its skin is thick, rough, and covered with sharp thorns.
With a gentle cut between the edges of the outer shell, you can easily
open the fruit to expose the layers of bright yellow segments of meat
that make the pulp look like it is covered with a thin layer of butter.
writer Mai Van Tao once wrote about the particularly good smell of the
durian. He wrote, "The dense fragrance which spreads near and far,
lingers a long time before disappearing. The strong smell can go
straight to your nostrils, even though you are still several meters away
from the fruit. The fragrance of durian is a mixture of smells which
come from a ripening jackfruit and that of a shaddock. It can also be
compared to the strong smell of foreign-made cheese and is rich as a
hen's egg. Others describe the fruit as sweet as well-kept honey. All
things considered, durian has a special tempting smell.Those who have
not enjoyed the fruit before may find it hard to eat. But once they have
tried it, they are likely to seek it again."