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Durian Fruit | Loaded with Vitamins, Enzymes, and Minerals | Vitamin C, Potassium, Iron, and Magnesium.

Author C. Sanders. Published on June 16, 2011 - 4:48 pm (2062 views — 549 words)

Durian fruit- an exotic fruit that is native to Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. There are 30 known species of Durio, yet only 9 of them have been identified as producing edible fruits.

Durian is a seasonal fruit. Its season typically ranges from June until August, which is rougly the same for other tropical fruits such as Mangosteen, Jack Fruit, and Mango.

Durian fruit can reach up to 12 inches long, and 6 inches in diameter. It typically weighs 2-7 pounds. As far as the shape goes- it ranges from round to oblong. The color of the husk/rind is green to brown, and its flesh has creamy-yellow to saffron color depending on the species.

The flesh can be eaten at various stages of growth, and is used as flavor base in a large variety of culinary and sweet preparations in Southeast Asian dishes. The seeds can also be eaten after being cooked, and they taste similar to almonds!

The flesh puts off a distinctive odor which can be described as strong and penetrating, even when the fruit hasn't been opened. This unusual stinky flavor and intense odor of the fruit have prompted many people to express diverse and peculiar opinions ranging from deep appreciation to intense disgust about durian.

The Health Benefits of Durian Fruit

Durian fruit is rich in energy, minerals, and vitamins, as is the Banana, Avocado, and Jack Fruit.

Durian fruit aids in the digestion of foods, as well as health for the digestive system as a whole. It contains simple sugars, like fructose and sucrose. It also contains small amounts of simple fats whih serve as an energy source almost instantly. Though it does contain a higher level of fats, it is free of cholesterol.

Eating a significant amount of this fruit will act as a natural laxative, due to its high fiber content. The fiber helps protect the colon mucous membranes by decreasing exposure time, as well as binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon, helping to flush them out.

Durian fruit is full of antioxidant properties, such as 33% Vitamin C. Fruits and foods rich in Vitamin C assists the body in becoming resistant to infections as well as seek-and-destroy free radicals.

This fruit is an excellent source of B-complex vitamins, which is fairly rare in fruits. It contains niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid (B-5), pyridoxine (B-6), and thiamin (B-1). These vitamins are essential to a healthy body.

As far as minerals are concerned, it contains manganese, copper, iron and magnesium. Manganese is used by the body to assist antioxidant enzyme 'superoxide dismutase'. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells, and iron is required for red blood cell formation.

Durian fruit is also rich in potassium, which is a very important electrolyte for cell and body fluids that help control the heart rate and blood pressure.

It also contains high levels of essential amino acid, tryptophan (also known as "nature's sleeping pill") which in the body metabolizes into serotonin and melatonin; these neuro-chemicals have an important functions like sleep induction and in the treatment of epilepsy.

The fruit is sold in markets all over Asia, and is also imported into the USA and Europe. Preference of taste (the right stage of ripeness to consume) varies from person to person.