In the Midwest a hocker is a large gob of phlegm that a person spits out would be hard to get that visual out of the head while ordering food from hawkers....
Durian looks like an overgrown Osage orange.
Yeah, that’s an unfortunate parallel.
Hocking, as in ‘hocking your wares’. It’s what they call them.
I was carrying some in a plastic shopping bag down to a boat pier. I was careful to hold it out away from me. Slipped up, it brushed my calf. Three really nice racing stripes - bleeding like a stuck pig.
It is said the trees in the wild are protected by tigers, who like to eat the fruit as it drops. I don’t know how much truth there is to that.
They are sharp though.