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TROPICAL FRUIT - Durian

DURIAN FRUIT AND NUTRITIONS

The Durian fruit is well known among those who love to eat durian, as the 'king of fruits' in South East Asia.

The origin of the tree is in the tropical regions and belong to the genus Durio, family of Malvaceae.

 

The tree can grow to a height of 50 metres and start bearing fruits after about 5 years or maybe earlier.  The exotic

 fruit is distinctive with is unique odour  which not everyone would like to smell, except those who have eaten durians

and really crave for the smell of it.  The fruit consist of the a husk full of sharp thorns with variable sizes, shapes and

 weight.

 

If you have eaten durian before, you would know that different species of durian tree produce fruits with different

 coloured flesh and flavour.  The flesh bulb colour can be creamy white or yellow.  The odour produced from the flesh

 bulb is so strong that it could escape through the thick husk layer.  The unusual striking flavour and peculiar odour of

 durian fruit can readily be appreciated if you like to eat the fruit; otherwise any presence near the fruit will be totally

avoided with disgust for those cannot stand them, especially  foreigners who have never tasted or ever went near the

 fruit before.

 

Nutrition Of Durian Fruit

Durian fruits are very nutritious, containing a rich source of  minerals and vitamins such as : antioxidant

vitamin-C, health maintaining vitamin of B-complex groups, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B-6, vitamin

 B-1.  Vitamins are essentials replenishments for our body system in order to protect us against infectious

 diseases and harmful radicals like cancer growth cells.

 

The minerals sources obtained from durians include iron, copper, manganese, potassium and magnesium.

Copper and Iron  together helped in production and formation of red blood cells.  Manganese acts a co-factor

for antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase while potassium is for control of heart rate and blood pressure.

 

Durian is an instant energy replenishment fruit with the soft succulent flesh bulb containing fructose, sucrose and

some essential fats, but totally cholesterol free. It is very rich in dietary fibre, acting as laxatives for cleaning the

bowels and removing toxic waste smoothly.  High level essential amino acid is also present in the fruit. 

SERVING DURIANS

Durian fruits are not plucked from trees, but left to fall off the trees when ripe.  Plucked durians are not ripe and the flesh bulb is hard, tasteless and odourless and can be considered as not edible.  At times  many unripe durians may also fall off the tree after heavy rain and strong winds.  Such unripe durians cannot be sold in the market.  Hence, the unripe flesh bulb are mashed and blended with sugar to produce durian cake in roll form.  You will be able to find them in many of the shops selling fruits and Penang's native products.

The flavour of durians has been used in many local recipes as majority of Penang people like durians.  There a durian ice cream, cakes baked with durian flavour, durian pudding, and so on.  Some local old folks even eat durian it with rice. 

During the durian fruit season, many varieties can be seen at the fruit stalls along the roadside in Penang.  The price is moderately cheap when the fruit harvest is good.  The usual selection practice is smell the fruit first be buying.

Since durians are so rich in of vitamins, essential fats & amino acid, and minerals, we should eat lots of durian the fruit season in order to fully replenish our body with essential nutrients and avoid deficiency diseases.

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