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With its pointed shell and strong odor, a fresh Durian fruits can be a little scary, but they are not that difficult to open if you know the trick. Look for a 5-pointed star shape in the tubers at the bottom of the fruit, then hold the durian and stick a sharp knife in the center of the star. Push in the knife for at least 2 inches to make sure you get all the way through the skin. Then flip the knife to the cut to loosen the skin along its natural seams. From there, cut through the skin along the sides of the fruit, starting at each arm of the star and working your way toward the stem at the top. You should be able to pry the fruit apart with your hands when it has been cut. Dig out the meaty, edible skis and enjoy your snack. For tips on how to know if a durian is ripe, read on!
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