King of Fruits

Shopping For Durian: Durian is sold in Asian markets or Asian grocery stores. Look for light-colored spikes without any dark brown patches or bits of white between the spikes (signs of over-ripeness). Durian fruit freezes well, and is often exported and sold frozen. Store your durian in the refrigerator or a cool place until you’re ready to open it.

Health Benefits: Durian is very healthy, with high concentrations of vitamins and minerals. It is unique among fruit in that it contains the B-complex vitamins (great for vegetarians!). It is also rich in dietary fibre and high in vitamin C, potassium, essential amino acid, copper, iron, and magnesium. Note: If gout runs in your family, limit your intake of durian to 1 portion per day (about 1/2 cup).

Interesting Durian Facts:

  • Durian has been called the King of Fruits because of its enormous size (about 1 foot long), heavy weight, and the amount of fruit it contains.
  • Because of its weight and sharp spikes, falling durians kill a number of people every year (for this reason, newer hybrids have been developed to make durian trees less tall)
  • Thailand is the world’s largest exporter of durian. A lot of durian fruit comes to our North American stores frozen.
  • Durian is good for you! (see below for benefits)
  • Durian has a famously strong smell, and is therefore banned from most public places in Southeast-Asia, including hospitals and trains. When travelling, it’s always humorous for Westerners to see a ‘no durian’ sign posted beside the ‘no smoking’ signs!
  • Taste: Usually durian is either loved at first taste, or hated. Its fruit is sweet and ‘buttery’ in texture, with very little juice. The first time I tasted durian, I was reminded of a creamsicle (not an exact comparison, but it might give you an idea). Durian can eaten fresh, or used to make various types of desserts.

Source taken from

Durian KampungPhoto by snazlan@copyright


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