Photo: The New Paper
So the mighty durian isn't quite so famous after all.
Hollywood actress Eva Longoria was caught in a thorny situation yesterday when the tropical fruit was mentioned - and it appeared that she wasn't exactly sure what it was, reports The New Paper.
Longoria, 39, had met the media at the Damiani - 90 years of Passion and Excellence press conference.
A spokesman of the Italian jewellery brand, she was in town to grace the opening of its boutique at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (MBS).
The fruity incident was sparked off by an innocuous question: Had she bought any Singaporean souvenirs?
"(Whenever I travel), I love to buy something that represents the country's culture," the star of hit US drama Desperate Housewives replied.
"So when I go to Hawaii, I'll buy a pineapple key chain. When I go to New York, I'll buy a Statue of Liberty (figurine).
"What would I buy in Singapore?" she asked the room of reporters.
A durian, one helpful soul replied.
Ever the sweetheart, the Texan-born sex symbol - she was named Maxim magazine's Woman of the Year in January - couldn't bear to hurt our feelings by saying she didn't know what a durian was.
So she paused for an awkward moment, even looking slightly sheepish.
But she quickly recovered by laughing it off.
"A durian? Er, I'm going shopping later this afternoon, I'll go figure it out."