1. Dangerous shape
If you are new to durian, you will certainly be terrified by its spike and find no ways to start opening the husk and eat the edible flesh inside. Generally the durian fruit is large in size and has many thorns surrounding the husk to keep the small animals away.
A durian tree usually takes a minimum 5 years to have its first flowering. Then the flowers will take about 3 months (100 days) to mature until they become thorny fruit and fall to the ground. It is typically quite heavy, weighs one to five kilograms and could have severe impact to itself (the husk cracks upon hitting the ground). Therefore, durian growers will spread a large net under the tree to catch the naturally falling durians and also keep people away from getting hit by durians.
2. Taste like heaven; smell like hell
Durian is just like another version of Stinky Tofu which make most of the people either love it or hate it.
Even with the husk intact, you could still have the strong and distinctive aroma distance away. For example, it is very common that you can sense the durian aroma from a durian stall yards away in Malaysia. Some people may find the aroma overpowering and feel discomfort. Thus, this is the reason why durian is the only fruit banned from certain hotels and public transports in Southeast Asia. However, it is pleasantly sweet fragrance and it actually add taste to the edible flesh in eyes of durian lovers.
The soft edible flesh inside the thorny husk is pale-yellow to red, creamy and extremely soft. It delivers unique taste that surpasses all other fruits of the world. Especially the bitter sweet taste is widely accepted and loved by the masses.
3. Durian season
All durian lovers are actively seeking them during durian season. Durian tree only fruits for twice a year and they usually happen in February and another main season in September. Weather and terrain conditions are the main factors for the durian trees to blossom and fruit. The climate should not be too hot nor rainy and it has to be at the right timing during the fruiting period. Over the recent years, the durian season has also become unpredictable due to global climate weather change. Sometimes, there is a 3rd time durian season in the mid or end of the year.
4. Numerous D numbers of Durian
Over the years, in order to achieve the stable production and superior quality of durians, durian growers in Malaysia have developed more than 40 registered cultivars of durians.
All durian cultivars are registered with a code number starting with an alphabet "D". For example, here the popular durians in the market are D24, D18, D99, D13, D101 (Durian Mas) and the most famous and favourable Musang King - D197.
Each cultivar has its own shape, pattern, distinct of taste and unique odour.
5. Full of nutritions
- Eating durian is believed to cure jaundice.
- Durian helps to main our blood sugar level as it contains managanese.
- Durian helps strengthen the bones and joints. The flesh has B vitamins as well as potassium and calcium.
- The folate and iron in durian are believed to help in overcoming anemia.
- Durian is also good for our teeth due to its phosphorus content.
- The Vitamin C in durian acts as an antioxidant that repels toxins will help prevent premature aging.
- The vitamin B6 in durian will help reducing stress levels and thus decrease the risk of depression.
- One serving of durian can give you almost 20% of the daily required carbohydrates. It is a good source of energy and great for people who needs extra energy such as athletes.
- Durian also contains thiamin which provides 30% of the required amount. Our body requires it to digest carbohydrates and convert them into energy. Thiamin is also good for nerves and muscles.
- Durian has tryptophan; also known as natural sleeping pill.
Despite all the benefits listed above, you should also note that durian is high in cholesterol and sugar. People suffered from diabetes, high blood pressure as well as pregnant women are advised to take it in moderation.