I first read about this fruit in a food bloggers post.I was surprised at its amazing similarity with Jackfruit.What was even more interesting is people don’t describe it very favourably but there are raving Durian fans in Southeast Asia.Its even considered a King of fruits in some regions.It’s King title is most likely due its armour and potent smell!f
What’s weird is people describe the smell of this fruit as pleasant and mild to strong and horrible.
“It’s odour is best described as pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. It can be smelled from yards away.” food writer Richard Sterling
Anthony Bourdain calls it
“indescribable, something you will either love or despise…Your breath will smell as if you’d been French-kissing your dead grandmother.”
The smell is so bad it”s not allowed in Singapore Rapid Mass Transit
Durian is at best a pungent fruit with a spiky tough outer skin.The flesh is soft and creamy.The taste is vastly different from the Jackfruit.It’s mainly cultivated in Malaysia and Singapore, is typically found from June to August, Durian fruit is a favourite flavouring agent for traditional Malay candy and even cappuccino.
Raw durian composition and benefits:
Water 65 %, carbohydrates (including 4% dietary fibre,fat and protein.
Thiamine and other B vitamins, vitamin C, Potassium, manganese
So is Durian fruit good for you?
- Durian decreases plasma lipids
- Good source of antioxidants.
- Great source of Thiamine
- Best source of Potassium
Yes, it’s good as long as you don’t have a kidney disease or taking any medicine which increases serum potassium.
Who should avoid this fruit?
People with end-stage renal failure should avoid food with high potassium contents.
Bananas have high potassium content. However, the ‘king of fruits’ the durian, has higher potassium content compared to bananas and can cause life-threatening hyperkalemia in people with end stage renal failure.
Also if you are any medicines which increase your serum potassium avoid this fruit.
Durians are a scientific wonder.A 2009 Japanese research found durian extract has a strong inhibitory action on the enzyme Aldehyde dehydrogenase which breaks down alcohol in the liver.This means even a small amount of alcohol may cause potential toxicity. Traditional Asian folklore: that getting intoxicated while eating durian, can lead to death may be truth
Traditional Asian folklore: that getting intoxicated while eating durian, can lead to death may be truth There have also been warnings about avoidance of milk and caffeine with Durian but I have found no research papers to support these claims.
Ocular injuries happened in people who slept under a Durian tree.The study conclude to avoid sleeping under the tree with spiky fruits or wear a helmet!
Have you eaten this fruit?What’s your opinion about fruits with the strong smell but great nutrient value?
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