Durian from 8 More Deadly Dishes Slideshow

8 More Deadly Dishes Slideshow

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This native Southeast Asian fruit is known for its large size (a single durian can weigh up to 7 pounds), appearance (marked by a green-yellow thorny shell), and perhaps most distinctly by its pungent scent. Due to the creamy, custard-like nature of the flesh (the husk is not edible), durian is often used in ice cream, milkshakes, puddings, and other desserts. The danger with durian comes in the seeds, which cannot be eaten raw because they contain toxic cyclopropene fatty acids. The seeds are found in the flesh of the fruit, which means they either need to be removed completely or cooked prior to eating.