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DURIAN-You Either Love It or Hate It!




The durian, native to Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia, has been known to the Western world for about 600 years.

Durian was introduced into Australia in the early 1960s and clonal material was first introduced in 1975.
 Over thirty clones of D. zibethinus and six Durio species have been subsequently introduced into Australia. 

Flavour and odour

 “ The five cells are silky-white within, and are filled with a mass of firm, cream-coloured pulp, containing
about three seeds each. This pulp is the edible part, and its consistence and flavour are indescribable.
A rich custard highly flavoured with almonds gives the best general idea of it, but there are occasional
wafts of flavour that call to
mind cream-cheese, onion-sauce, sherry-wine, and other incongruous dishes
Then there is a rich glutinous smoothness in the pulp which nothing else possesses, but which adds to
 its delicacy. It is neither acid nor sweet nor juicy; yet it wants neither of these qualities, for it is in itself
 perfect. It produces no nausea or other bad effect, and the more you eat of it the less you feel inclined
to stop. In fact, to eat Durians is a new sensation worth a voyage to the East to experience. ... as producing
 a food of the most exquisite flavour it is unsurpassed. ”

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While Wallace cautions that "the smell of the ripe fruit is certainly at first disagreeable", later descriptions
 by westerners are more graphic. British novelist Anthony Burgess writes that eating durian is
"like eating
sweet raspberry blancmange in the lavatory."
Chef Andrew Zimmern compares the taste to
"completely rotten,
 mushy onions."
Anthony Bourdain, a lover of durian, relates his encounter with the fruit as thus:
"Its taste
 can only be described as...indescribable, something you will either love or despise. ...Your breath will smell
 as if you'd been French-kissing your dead grandmother."
Travel and food writer Richard Sterling says:


“ ... its odor is best described as pig-shiet, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. It can be smelled
from yards away. Despite its great local popularity, the raw fruit is forbidden from some establishments
such as hotels, subways and airports, including public transportation in Southeast Asia.”


Other comparisons have been made with the civet, sewage, stale vomit, skunk spray and used surgical swabs.
The wide range of descriptions for the odour of durian may have a great deal to do with the variability of durian
odour itself.

Durians from different species or clones can have significantly different aromas; for example  red durian has
a deep caramel flavour with a turpentine odour while red-fleshed durian emits a fragrance of roasted almonds.
 Among the varieties of D. zibethinus, Thai varieties are sweeter in flavour and less odourous than Malay ones.
The degree of ripeness has an effect on the flavour as well. Three scientific analyses of the composition of
durian aroma.

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This strong odour can be detected half a mile away by animals, thus luring them. In addition, the fruit is
extremely appetising to a variety of animals, including squirrels, mouse deer, pigs, orangutan, elephants,
and even carnivorous tigers. While some of these animals eat the fruit and dispose of the seed under
the parent plant, others swallow the seed with the fruit and then transport it some distance before
excreting, with the seed being dispersed as a result. The thorny, armoured covering of the fruit discourages
 smaller animals; larger animals are more likely to transport the seeds far from the parent tree.

Nutritional and medicinal

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Durian fruit contains a high amount of sugar, vitamin C, potassium, and the serotonergic amino acid tryptophan,
 and is a good source of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.It is recommended as a good source of raw fats by
several raw food advocates, while others classify it as a high-glycemic or high-fat food, recommending to
 minimise its consumption.

In the 1920s, Durian Fruit Products, Inc., of New York City launched a product called "Dur-India" as a health food
, selling at US$9 for a dozen bottles, each containing 63 tablets. The tablets allegedly contained durian
 and a species of the genus Allium from India and vitamin E. The company promoted the supplement saying that
 it provides "more concentrated healthful energy in food form than any other product the world affords"

Durian - death


Another common local belief is that the durian is harmful when eaten with coffee or alcoholic beverages.
The latter belief can be traced back at least to the 18th century when Rumphius stated that one
should not drink alcohol after eating durians as it will cause indigestion and bad breath.

In 1929, J. D. Gimlette wrote in his Malay Poisons and Charm Cures that the durian fruit must not be
eaten with brandy.

In 1981, J. R. Croft wrote in his Bombacaceae: In Handbooks of the Flora of Papua New Guinea that
"a feeling of morbidity" often follows the consumption of alcohol too soon after eating durian. Several medical
 investigations on the validity of this belief have been conducted with varying conclusions, though a study
by the University of Tsukuba finds the fruit's high sulphur content caused the body to inhibit the activity
of aldehyde dehydrogenase, causing a 70% reduction of the ability to clear toxins from the body.



The Javanese believe durian to have aphrodisiac qualities, and impose a set of rules on what may or may not
be consumed with it or shortly thereafter.A saying in Indonesian, durian jatuh sarung naik, meaning
"the durians
 fall and the sarongs come up", refers to this belief.The warnings against the supposed lecherous quality of
this fruit soon spread to the West
— the Swedenborgian philosopher Herman Vetterling commented on so-called
 "erotic properties" of the durian in the early 20th century.


-- Edited by arwee on Tuesday 11th of May 2010 09:46:22 PM


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Found this on the net, Would pairing alcohol with durian kill you?

Marrying durian and drink is said to cause indigestion, flatulence, stomach discomfort and even death in some cases.

Rubbish, you say? Not if you hear service engineer Mike Thiah tell it.

The 35-year-old once drank vodka at a barbecue after having durians at home.

"I threw up the whole night and my lungs felt as if they were being squeezed," he recalled.

The ordeal left him with a sore throat and a cough for a week.

Some say the problem lies in the compounds found in the two, which can cause havoc when mixed.

Others believe that since both are considered ''heaty'', the body is unable to cope with the surge of heatiness.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) expert Zhu Wen Jun said there is no scientific or chemical criteria when classifying food.

''It depends on the effect the food has on balancing the 'yin' and 'yang' forces within the body,'' said the dean of TCM College at Pearl's Centre.

''Any imbalance of the two forces will result in illness or pain,'' he said.

Durian, he added, is high in vitamins and protein, and is a ''heaty'' food which boosts the body's ''yang'' energy.

Alcohol is also heaty, so the two could clash and cause discomfort.

''But I don't think it will lead to death,'' he said.

And not all alcoholic drinks make bad company, it seems.

-- Edited by arwee on Saturday 15th of May 2010 01:25:17 AM


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Benefits Of Durian

Durian is a fruit abundantly found in Southeast Asian countries and is commonly known as the king of fruits. People who just se and smell this fruit immediately get repelled by its strong and pungent odor. Only those brave people who are able to taste the fruit even after its offensive smell are able to taste this wonderful fruit. Although the odor of the durian fruit is strong and pervasive, but once a person eats it, he is sure to get addicted to it. Apart from having a great taste durians are highly beneficial for our body. The many benefits of durian include:

1. Provides vitamins to the body.
Durian is highly nutritious as it provides rich amounts of vitamin B, vitamin C and vitamin E to the body. The high iron content of this fruit helps in restoring the health of sick humans and animals.

2. Helps in curing jaundice.
A preparation from the roots and leaves of durian has traditionally been used as medicine for treating various kinds of fevers and jaundice.

3. Lowers cholesterol.
The organosulphur compounds present in durian reduce the synthesis of cholesterol in the liver cells. Intake of the durian fruit aids in lowering blood cholesterol levels.

4. Detoxification of blood.
Regular intake of the durian fruit helps to remove toxins accumulated in the blood. It is therefore, a strong blood cleanser and prevents the occurrence of many diseases.

5. Improves the general well-being.
Durian contains high amounts of amino acids namely tryptophan. This is particularly known to alleviate symptoms of insomnia, anxiety and depression. It also helps in raising the levels of serotonin found in the brain, which makes a person feel well and happy.

6. Helps to build muscles.
Durian contains rich amounts of soft protein and is, therefore, used for building good muscles.

7. Improves sex function.
Durian is known to be a powerful aphrodisiac and is often consumed to improve the sex drive and overall sex function.

8. Anti-inflammatory activity.
Any inflammation in the body causes a risk for cardiovascular diseases. Durian fruit contains Organosulfur compounds that inhibit the action of inflammatory enzymes such as lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase, thus reducing the risk to any such diseases.

9. Antioxidant Activity.
The organosulfur compounds present in durian have antioxidant activity. Presence of this substance in the body stimulates the production of glutathione, which itself is a vital intracellular antioxidant

The durian fruit is extremely nutritious, but it is advised not to consume it in excess. People suffering from high blood pressure and pregnant women should not consume durian as the seeds are toxic in nature and can causes shortness of breath.


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