木曜日は、マリーのはてな日記/Marie the Scientist
「ドリアンの強いにおいのわけは？/Why do durians have a strong smell?」
Why do durians have a strong smell?
I went to a department store with my Mom today.
She likes spicy food so we visited the salty Asian food fair.
There were many interesting things.
Then I smell something funny.
I walked toward the smell.
“Come and see our fruits!
Oh hello there, a little girl.
Would you like to try some Southeast Asian fruits?”
“Hello, something smells funny.
Does the smell come from this big fruit?”
“Yes, this fruit is called a durian.
It’s an expensive fruit from Thailand.”
“It looks like a dangerous pineapple and it really smells bad.”
“Durian is known for this smell but inside is creamy and sweet.
I’ll cut it open for you.
“Well, this smells even stronger now.
It smells like…”
“People say it smells like old eggs and onions.”
“It may smell bad but the taste is wonderful.
Durians are really popular in southeast Asian countries and it’s even called ‘The king of fruits’.
You have to try it!”
“Before I try it, I have a question.
Why do durians have a strong smell?”
“Well, you see.
Durians want animals to find them.”
“Because they want their seeds to go to new places.
Animals will find durians because of the smell.
They will eat the fruit and leave droppings here and there in the jungle.
In the droppings, there are durian seeds.
And those seeds will grow into durian trees in new places.”
“Ah, durians are so smart.”
“Yes, they are.
The strong smell is important.
Because fruits with a unique smell are easy to find.
It said that you can smell a durian from 800 meters to 1 kilometer away in the jungle.”
“Wow, that’s far away.
Do many animals like them?”
“Yes, many do.
But orangutans especially love them.”
“Maybe the smell isn’t a problem for them because they like the taste so much.”
“Maybe they like the smell, too.
We don’t know.
When I first started selling durians I didn’t like the smell.
But now I think its smell is delicious.”
“You came to my fruit stand because of the smell, right?”
“Oh, I’m like the orangutans.”
Where are you?
Oh, here you are.”
“Mom, you are like an orangutan, too.”
What are you talking about?”
Mom bought a durian and we ate it after dinner.
The taste was, umm, interesting.