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‘Most terrible tasting’ recipe goes viral in China: banana and jujube

By Jiang Jie (People's Daily Online)    17:25, September 26, 2017

(Photo/Courtesy of Bi Xiaotian)

A weird recipe has swept across the Chinese-language Internet, with many attempting to try the allegedly most disgusting combination of banana and jujubes.

The recipe first appeared on Sept. 22 when a netizen posted a snapshot of a conversation with a friend, who recalled her experience of eating banana and jujube together, creating a feeling of “life’s [a] merry-go-round.” The person further said that she literally dropped to her knees after eating it, “As if something was rotten in my mouth.”

The post immediately triggered great curiosity. It has been reposted more than 41,000 times, with many claiming that they have tried the recipe and noting their different reactions.

“I tried banana and jujube. It was like chewing on a pregnant flying cockroach that had just eaten a stinkbug,” wrote a netizen.

According to Shi Jun, a noted expert on botany, jujube skin and banana are like the texture of an insect, with an outer skin and inner organs. Banana skin also gives off a stinky smell when it is fermented.

Bi Xiaotian, a doctorate student of chemical engineering from Tsinghua University, on Sept. 24, unveiled his “study result” on his WeChat. Through his personal experiment, Bi claimed that the nauseous smell grows stronger when one eats the banana first and then a jujube. Specifically, if the ratio of banana to jujube stays at 4-2, the smell is strongest. 

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