The Reason Why Durians Have Such a Strong Smell & Why S’poreans Still Love It

Whether you’re a Singaporean man, woman or cat, you’d most probably love this: durians.

It was only while working in Goody Feed that I realized there were apparently Singaporeans who couldn’t handle the smell of durian; a colleague, who’s a true-blue Singaporean, had nearly fainted when one of us brought durian to the office.

And that begets the question: why does durian have such a strong smell, and why are we Singaporeans and Malaysians “immune” to that strong smell?

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The Smell of Durian

To many of us, durians simply smell sweet.

But to the ang mos, they find it rather hard to find an adjective to describe the smell: in fact, they’ve gone on to describe it as “turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock”.


Why’s there such a big difference? Do we have different noses or what?

Here’s why.

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