The unpleasant smell of Durian fruit coming from a package at a Bavarian post office left six workers hospitalized and caused the evacuation of 60 workers, according to reports.
Twelve postal workers were treated for nausea, German broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk reported.
Police and firefighters were dispatched to Schweinfurt in Germany on Saturday because the package was suspected of containing a dangerous gas or a harmful substance.
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The smell of the fruit has caused numerous evacuations worldwide.
Described as the “king of fruits” throughout Southeast Asia, spiky fruit has an odor that compares to rotten meat, sewage, and dead rats.
It is so smelly that one of the most prized varieties, the Malaysia Musang King Durian, has never before been successfully imported into Britain, until this decade.
The name of the prickly fruit comes from the Malay word for thorn, “duri”, but the texture is smooth and the taste is sweet. The smell comes from high levels of sulfates in the fruit.
Durians are nutrient dense and are believed to be excellent for improving muscle strength and blood pressure. But sweet fruit is also rich in sugar and fat. An average 2 lb durian has about 1,350 calories.
In the United States, you can find Thai durian in many Asian markets, and the fruit is used in everything from sweets to ice cream, as well as main dishes.
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Fortunately, durian is a very seasonal fruit, so if you dislike the smell, you will find it only at certain times of the year.