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
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
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.