“Most people have no idea what these are. I bought these Lichees from China for the Chinese New Year Festival as samples. I have a fruit and veg shop on Moore Street and one day I thought I would bring something exotic for the shop. So I ordered some Durians straight from Thailand. It is a wonderfully tasty fruit but the odour of the outer shell is often referred to as like a dead cat. Let’s just say, they are not pleasant. When they arrived we opened the box and because they came all the way from Asia in a sealed box, all that concentrated smell got released into the air instantly. It turned out later the smell was so strong that an off-duty fire brigade officer smelt it in the Ilac Shopping Centre nearby. He reached out to the manager of the shopping centre saying: ‘don’t panic but there is a serious gas leak in the building. We have to call an inspector now and if they cannot find the source we may have to evacuate the building’. I’m always laughing so hard telling this story… Can you imagine? That’s the trouble with trying to introduce a new exotic fruit to my beloved country. I only found out when this guy came into the shop with a weird machine in his hand and started laughing at my beautiful durians.”
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