July 31, 2020

Spike in demand: stinky durians enjoy online virus boom

Petaling Jaya (Malaysia) (AFP) – When a coronavirus lockdown confined Malaysians to their homes, street traders selling durians moved their pungent produce online — and have been enjoying an unexpected spike in demand.Grown across tropical Southeast Asia, the durian is hailed by aficionados as the “king of fruits” due to its creamy, golden flesh and bittersweet flavour. But detractors complain of its overpowering smell, comparing it to rotting food or stale vomit, and it is banned in many hotels and on public transport.The traditional roadside stalls where Malaysians have for decades enjoyed …

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