Durian is known as the king of fruits and is found largely in Thailand, the durian capital of the world. The durian season is generally around the summer months of April to June, extending up to August sometimes. There is a story which runs in Thailand about the kind of fruit that it is. The story goes like this, once a German tourist devoured a durian and on top of it had the Thai Mekong rice whiskey, then he took a hot bath and exploded. The story though is fictional but describes this fruit very nicely. Durian is high in its sulphuric content and hence is highly gaseous, has a pungent odour and tastes like having an ice cream in a garbage dump, given its dirty odour. But for the connoisseur, this fruit is really the king of fruits as it is so often called. It is native to the Indonesian archipelago and the term durian actually means thorny in the Indonesian language. This is so because of its spiky, dull green or brown exterior. Let us try and discover a few health benefits and interesting facts about this fruit.


Health Benefits

Durian is a healthy fruit with high concentrations of vitamins and minerals. It is a unique fruit and contains the B-complex vitamins. Besides being a rich source of dietary fibre it is high in vitamin C, potassium, essential amino acid, copper, iron, and magnesium.


Interesting facts

Durian is called the King of Fruits because if it’s huge size (about 1 foot long) and the amount of fruit it has inside.
Thailand is the world’s largest exporter of durian. A lot of durian fruit is exported to North America in its frozen form.
Durian has a strong pungent odour, and is therefore banned from most public places in Southeast-Asia, including hospitals and trains.


Taste & Use

The fruit is either loved or hated for its taste and because of the pungent smell it imparts. It is sweet to taste with a buttery texture. It can either be had fresh or used to make various types of desserts.