The King Of Fruit Is Stinky


Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • acquired taste: a flavour that you learn to appreciate after repeated exposure
  • put someone off: to cause someone to want to stay away from someone or something
  • pulp: the fleshy part of a fruit
  • hull: the outer layer or shell of some fruit, vegetables or seeds
  • pungent: strong smelling

The King Of Fruit Is Stinky

Durian, known as “the king of fruit” in southeast Asia, is an acquired taste. The smell of this tropical fruit is what usually puts people off. While some people find durian revolting, others are the strong, unique flavour of its pulp. The durian is known as the king of fruit because of its large size and thick, spiky hull. of fruit can weigh as much as three kilograms (seven pounds) and cost up to ten dollars. Durian is mainly grown in and Indonesia. Because of its pungent odour, durian is banned in some public places and on . When asked to describe its taste, many people have a tough time. Some describe it as garlic or onion mixed with fruit. Others compare it to fruity or custard.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why is durian called the king of fruit?
  2. Why do many people find durian revolting?
  3. Why does the report mention mass transit?

Discussion Questions: What type of food do you find revolting? What puts you off about it, and how would you describe its taste and smell? What food have you acquired a taste for?

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