Weapon or tasty treat?

Durian, originally uploaded by coming2cambodia.

It is my humble opinion that food should never be used as a weapon. It should only hurt us if we accidentally eat too much because it is so yummy and irresistible.

These are durian. Most westerners do not eat them because they can’t get beyond the way they smell. Putrid. In fact, you are not allowed to carry them on the bus with you as the smell disturbs other passengers. They, if eaten, actually quite sweet I am told. Personally, I have yet to eat durian the fruit, although I do like durian flavored cookies (without smell of course).

The fruit, however, does have a darker usage. Aparently, they are used to punish children. You may not be able to tell from the picture, but they are actually quite large, about the size of someone’s head. Teachers have been know to place a durian in the corner and force a misbehaving child to knell on it as punishment. The spikes are quite sharp and will cut the child.

The punishment is akin to old-school catholic nuns rasping the knuckles of a child with a ruler. Only, in this case, I am afraid the child might get a pavlovian response to hate fruit.



  1. Liza said,

    April 3, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    You’re going to try it, right?

    They are formidable and frightening looking. I wouldn’t want to kneel on one.

  2. Clare said,

    April 4, 2007 at 8:21 am

    I am planning on trying at some point, although I was told by my tutor last night that I won’t like them. They are the same family as the jack fruit which last night I decided I do not like either.

  3. riihele said,

    April 5, 2007 at 12:47 am

    Hei Clare.
    Looks quite nasty looking fruit and they remind of the cactus in Israel that looks like this but is very sweet and refreshing inside. Take care. Rii

  4. jasong79 said,

    April 5, 2007 at 2:45 am

    I haven’t tried the fruit but the candy is foul! It tastes and smells like rotten onions.

  5. Clare said,

    April 5, 2007 at 11:07 am

    But, Jason, the real question is, as a teacher in Asia, would you use a Durian in your classroom as punishment?

  6. Amy said,

    April 5, 2007 at 11:26 am

    I have had it and it isn’t as bad as it looks. I does taste like onions, which is strange when you are expecting something sweet. I must admit, its’ reputatution can lead to an anti-climatic experience. Enjoy!

  7. Clare said,

    April 5, 2007 at 11:44 am

    Amy, where did you have it? I have never seen them before.

  8. Eric said,

    April 6, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    durian are soooooooooo good. during my failed 4 month experiment as a raw vegan they were one of my favorite treats. the only problem is i had to eat them on the porch and never bring them inside or the whole house would smell like stinky feet.

  9. jasong79 said,

    April 6, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    Yes, if allowed I would definately use them in class…if the students fail to answer or arent on task, they will have to sit on them…or eat them depending on my mood…I bet their motivation would improve by leaps and bounds…

  10. jasong79 said,

    April 6, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    P.S. Pavlov / behaviorism is basically a defunct theory…no one who studies psychology really takes it seriously anymore…

  11. Amy said,

    April 8, 2007 at 9:34 am

    A favorite restaurant in Bloomington was serving them.

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