The durian is a little known Fruit that is known in southeast Asia as the “king of fruits”. This large fruit has a very unique smell that many would describe as strong, terrible or even rotting but if you make it past the smell you can find some remarkable benefits of eating durian.
These large flowering trees are evergreen and flower once or twice a year. Over the past few hundred years, durian trees have grown in popularity in places like Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The origins of the tree are heavily contested, but it is believed that the Philippines are the where the tree was first discovered. The trees were introduced into Australia in the 1960s. Soon after, the United States discovered this truly unique fruit.
Durian fruit contains lots of sugar, Vitamin C, amino acids, potassium, and other important nutrients. Take a look at these benefits:
-Encourages a healthy colon
-Reduces the risk of cancer
-Boosts immune system
-Supports natural energy levels
-Enhances the production of red blood cells
-Helps control heart rate and blood pressure
-Fights free radicals
-Slows the affects of ageing
Juicing makes any fruit easier to digest. The fiber and fat content of the durian fruit makes it hard for your body to make use of all of the nutrients in the plant. By juicing it, you will be able to absorb all of the nutrients and get the maximum benefit. You also gain the ability to mix it with other fruits. The smell of durian fruit is extremely strong and it is best to cover it up with other foods when possible.
Choosing a durian is a little strange compared to other fruits. First, you need to shake the fruit, if you hear dull, subtle knocking sound it is just right. If there is no sound or if there are very hard knocks, it is either too ripe or not ripe enough.
Tips For Juicing
-Always make sure to remove outer the skin, this shouldn’t be juiced.
-Rinse the durian’s contents thoroughly
-Add herbs or spices to your durian to compliment the vanilla/almond flavours
-Durian juice is very thick so you will need to add some coconut water or another juice to thin it out and make it easier to drink.
-Durian juice has a consistency like custard so it’s perfect for a smoothie and mixes very well with bananna
Avoid mixing the durian with citrus fruit as this overpowers the durians wonderful subtle vanilla flavour
-Drink the juice as soon as possible, nutrient density does diminish over time
What Should You Mix Them With?
The durian really is a strange thing, with it’s spiky outer shell and rotting meat odour. many brave souls have steered away from this fruit oddity but once you get past it’s quirks and discover the health benefits it seems like a no brainer.
Choosing the right durian and preparing a great drink will give you the confidence to experiment further, you can find plenty of recipes here and around the web, all you have to do now is find a durian which is easier said than done in the UK……
|Nutrition||Per 100g||% RDA|
|Total Fat||5.33 mg||2.5 %|
|Dietary Fiber||3.8 g||10%|
|Nutrition||Per 100g||% RDA|
|Pantothenic acid||0.230 mg||4.5%|
|Vitamin A||44 IU||1.5%|
|Vitamin C||19.7 mg||33%|
|Minerals||Per 100g||% RDA|
|Electrolytes||Per 100g||% RDA|
|Phytonutrients||Per 100g||% RDA|
|Alpha-carotene||6 ug||_ _|
|Beta-Carotene||23 µg||_ _|
|crypto-xanthin-ß||0 µg||_ _|