Durian is extensively grown in tropical regions of South East Asia, but also grows in northern Australia and some South American countries, and Africa. The Durian tree grows up to 164 feet and starts to bear fruit four to five years after planting.

 

Durian is distinguished for its strong odour, large size, and thorn-covered husk. It can grow as large as 12 inches long and 6 inches in diameter, and typically weighs up two to seven pounds. Depending on the species, it can be round or oblong, its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale yellow to red.

 

Many Asians compare it to that of a perfume, while others compare it to a fruit which smells rancid, but tastes amazingly fresh.

 

Health Benefits

 

  • Durian is very low in cholesterol and sodium which promotes weight loss and regulates blood flow. (1)

 

  • Durian is rich in fibre which helps to cleanse the colon and reduces the risk of colon cancer. (2)

 

  • The fruit is beneficial as an antioxidant vitamin C, which helps scavenge harmful free radicals and assists in your body’s resistance against infection. (3)

 

  • Durian is also considered an excellent source of B-vitamins which are essential as they can only be obtained through ingested food or drink and beneficial for the metabolic functions of the body. (4)

 

  • Durian provides generous amount of the minerals iron, copper, potassium and zinc which are important for replenishing oxygen levels and optimising enzyme function in the body. (5)

 

  • It also contains potassium and the essential amino acid tryptophan, which the body converts in two chemical steps to serotonin and may help in the treatment of depression. (6)

 

Durian Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw or frozen

  Amt. Per 
Serving
% Daily 
Value*
Calories 147
Calories from Fat 45
Total Fat 5 g 8%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 27 g 9%
Dietary Fibre 4 g 15%
Sugar 0 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 33%
Calcium 31% Iron 2%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

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