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Pizza Hut Uses Pungent Fruit as a Pizza Topping in China

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While pepperoni and mushrooms are very popular on pizza in the United States, other countries around the world fashion their pizzas with regional and cultural favorites to cater to local tastes. Pizza Hut is slowly rolling out Malaysian-imported durians as a topping and as a crown crust throughout China.

If you’re not familiar with the durian, it's a large Southeast Asian fruit with brown spikes all over its rind. It's referred to as "the king of fruits," and although the fruit has a mildly sweet taste to it, durians are mostly known for thier pungent and intensely disgusting smell—one that’s described as everything from an old gym sock to sour milk and rotten meat. In fact, the fruit smells so bad that it’s banned on many public transit systems throughout Asia.

Pizza Hut started using the foul-smelling fruit in smaller provinces throughout China in 2015, and the fast food chain begins rolling out the topping to larger cities this year. "The durian pizza is a unique innovation that’s created a lot of buzz among our customers," a Pizza Hut spokesperson told Munchies. "The balanced fusion of durian, cheese, and pan dough has turned out to be a delicious, perfect match and combines the unique durian flavor with a much lighter smell."

This is certainly not the first time Pizza Hut used strange and unusual ingredients to top a pizza or stuff a crust. In 2014, Pizza Hut in Hong Kong baked salmon fish roe and cream cheese inside of a pizza crust, and their other Chinese offerings also include an avocado and prawn combo.

[h/t Munchies]

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Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book
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If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

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'Lime Disease' Could Give You a Nasty Rash This Summer
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A cold Corona or virgin margarita is best enjoyed by the pool, but watch where you’re squeezing those limes. As Slate illustrates in a new video, there’s a lesser-known “lime disease,” and it can give you a nasty skin rash if you’re not careful.

When lime juice comes into contact with your skin and is then exposed to UV rays, it can cause a chemical reaction that results in phytophotodermatitis. It looks a little like a poison ivy reaction or sun poisoning, and some of the symptoms include redness, blistering, and inflammation. It’s the same reaction caused by a corrosive sap on the giant hogweed, an invasive weed that’s spreading throughout the U.S.

"Lime disease" may sound random, but it’s a lot more common than you might think. Dermatologist Barry D. Goldman tells Slate he sees cases of the skin condition almost daily in the summer. Some people have even reported receiving second-degree burns as a result of the citric acid from lime juice. According to the Mayo Clinic, the chemical that causes phytophotodermatitis can also be found in wild parsnip, wild dill, wild parsley, buttercups, and other citrus fruits.

To play it safe, keep your limes confined to the great indoors or wash your hands with soap after handling the fruit. You can learn more about phytophotodermatitis by checking out Slate’s video below.

[h/t Slate]

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