Fun facts of the week: Durian
Durian is a tropical fruit that is grown in South-East Asia, mainly in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia. Durian is often greenish yellow with the spiky outer shell. Durian is the stinkiest fruit you will ever eat so you can’t miss it if it’s available in your local grocery store! It has an odor that resembles rotten gym socks or bad trash… but regardless of the aroma, durian has a fruit sweet taste to it 🙂
Here are some fun facts about durian:
- In Indian herbalism, durian is considered a warming food like cinnamon and garlic.
- very rich in carbohydrates. 100 grams of Durian is capable of offering 21% of daily carb requirement.
- It is believed that Durian can enhance libido.
- Durian is rich in manganese which helps to regulate the blood level.
- Durian is rich in iron and copper!
- Durian can help lower bad cholesterol.
- Durian can weigh up to 7 lbs!
- Durian can reach up to 12 inches high and 6 inches wide.
- Durian can be consumed fresh or as ingredients as of ice creams, cakes, milkshakes, and biscuits. It can also be used for the preparation of soup, sauces, and curries!
- Durian is banned in the public transportation, hotels, and airplanes in some parts of southeast Asia because of its unpleasant aroma!
- Anthony Burgess, a British novelist said that eating durian was like eating berries in the lavatory.
- Different species carry different aroma. Indonesian and Malaysian durian have stronger odor while Thailand varieties have a less offensive smell.
- Thailand is the largest producer of this fruit, followed by Indonesia and Malaysia.
- In North Sumatra, the petal of durian flower is cooked. Durian seed is roasted, grilled or fried.
- In Moluccas Islands, Durian husk is used as fuel to cook smoked fish.
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