Duguetia longifolia Baill. Anonaceae.
Guiana, Peru and Trinidad.
The fruit is nearly round, as big as a
Reinette apple, the surface divided by reticulated divisions, the skin
thin, and the red, delicate, viscous flesh excellent and very agreeable. It
is very much prized by the Caribs.
Durio oxieyanus Griff. Malvaceae (Bombacaceae).
This is probably the form of the durian from which the
cultivated species has originated.
D. zibethinus Murr. DURIAN.
Accounts of this far-famed fruit had reached
Europe as early as 1640, as Parkinson mentions it. The fruit is of the
size of a man's head and the seed, with its enveloping pulp, about the
size of a hen's egg. The pulp is a pure white, resembling blanc mange
and as delicious in taste as the finest cream. The odor is, however,
intolerable. Wallace says that to eat durians is a sensation worth a
voyage to the East to experience. The unripe fruit is used as a vegetable.
Bayard Taylor says: "Of all fruits, at first the most intolerable but said
by those who have smothered their prejudices, to be of all fruits, at last,
the most indispensable.
When it is brought to you at first, you clamor
till it is removed; if there are durians in the next room to you, you
cannot sleep. Chloride of lime and disinfectants seem to be its necessary
remedy. To eat it, seems to be the sacrifice of self respect; but endure it
for a while, with closed nostrils, taste it once or twice, and you will cry
for durians thenceforth, even - I blush to write it-even before the
Durville utilia Bory. Algae.
This seaweed is employed in soups in Chile.