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Durian

Durian

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.

Durian History

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.

The Benefits

Durian fruit contains lots of sugar, Vitamin C, amino acids, potassium, and other important nutrients. Take a look at these benefits:

Durian

Durain

-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

The Juice

-Why?

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 Durian

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?

-Pineapple

-Mango

-Coconut

-Ginger

-Cinnamon

-Cacao

Juicing summary

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……

Good luck!

 

Nutritional Data

NutritionPer 100g% RDA
Energy147 Kcal7%
Carbohydrates27.09 g21%
Protein1.47 g2.5%
Total Fat5.33 mg2.5 %
Cholesterol0 g0%
Dietary Fiber3.8 g10%

Vitamins

Vitamin A

Vitamin A

NutritionPer 100g% RDA
Folates36 µg 9%
Niacin1.074 mg7%
Pantothenic acid0.230 mg4.5%
Pyridoxine0.316 mg24%
Riboflavin0.200 mg15%
Thiamin0.374 mg15%
Vitamin A44 IU1.5%
Vitamin C19.7 mg33%
Vitamin Emg%
Vitamin Kµg%

Minerals

Minerals

Minerals

MineralsPer 100g% RDA
Calcium6 mg0.6%
Copper0.307 mg23%
Iron0.43 mg5%
Magnesium30 mg7.5%
Manganese0.6 mg30%
Phosphorus39 mg6%
Flouridemcg/
Selenium0.1 mcg0.1%
Zinc0.28 mg2.5%

Electrolytes

ElectrolytesPer 100g% RDA
Sodium2 mg0%
Potassium436 mg9.5%

Phyto-nutrients

Phytonutrients Per 100g% RDA
Alpha-carotene6 ug_ _
Beta-Carotene23 µg_ _
crypto-xanthin-ß0 µg_ _
Lutein-zeaxanthinµg_ _
Lycopeneug_ _
Phytosterolsmg_ _
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