Durian fruit has to be one of the weirdest fruits in the world by far. The name “durian” originates from Malay word “duri” which means “thorn”, and it refers to the razor-sharp spikes on the shell of the fruit.
In total there are 30 recognized Durio species, at least nine of which produce edible fruit. Durian fruit grows in tropical Southeast Asian nations regions around the world. The flesh of this fruit is said to be pale yellow to red, depending on the species. Its odor is best defined as, turpentine and onions, and garnished with a gym sock. Durian can be smelled from yards away by some others who don’t find the odor that bad at all. Although it has a really pungent odor in some regions it is known as the “king of fruits”.
In Malaysia, this fruit is not only eaten though. The fruit is also used as its thought to have medicinal properties. a decoction of the leaves and roots is prescribed as an antipyretic for some. The Javanese think durian to have aphrodisiac characteristics. They also use it to treat many other things which are really interesting once you think about it
But now what does it look like and how does it grow I bet your thinkingThe outer shell of the fruit is tough and has spikes all over it similar to a leech berry so you wouldn’t wanna have one of these falling on your head. Durian fruit grows from trees and hanging down like a spiked bowling ball until picked by the farmers. Durian trees are large, growing to 25–50 meters (82–164 ft) height wise depending on the species. The leaves are evergreen, elliptic to oblong and 10–18 centimeters (3.9–7.1 inches) long. the fruit can dangle from any branch and develops fully roughly three months after pollination.
Well not so popular over here in western countries but now catching more buzz thanks to youtube and other social media places thanks to the internet. More and more people are literally going out of their way to try it just to see what it’s all about.
Although very weird and unusual the durian is a needed part of its ecosystem as many types of fo animals and as well humans consume it. It surely is one of the weirder fruits around the globe. There appear to be many ways to enjoy this fruit. You can eat it by its self or have it with rice or even cook it in a dish. Unique is just one word to describe this fruit. Below you can find some fun facts about the durian fruit
Facts about durian
- Due to its unusual smell, animals such as civet can easily identify durian from a range of half a mile
- Durian may reduce blood cholesterol levels, as well as normalize blood pressure.
- Raw durian is made of 65% water, 27% carbohydrates, 5% fat and 1% protein.
- It is strictly tropical and stops growing when mean daily temperatures drop below 22 °C (72 °F).
All in all the durian fruit is one of the world’s weirdest fruits. With so many characteristics that other fruits do not have it definitely is something to be amazed at if you enjoyed this article, we have many more like it coming your way.