Durian is the fruit of trees of the genus Durio. The large, thorny fruits open to reveal a yellow to red flesh with an extremely strong odour many find revolting.

Health considerations

Durian is a source of B vitamins, vitamin C, manganese, and other vitamins and minerals. Durian is 5% fat and contains omega 3 fatty acids. It is high in sugar, making it a high-glycemic food. Ripe durian is a source of antioxidants, flavonoids, and polyphenols. Durian was shown to inhibit activity of the enzyme which breaks down alcohol, lending some support to stories of durian consumption causing alcohol poisoning when consumed alongside alcohol.

Keep in mind

Durian is available pre-cut and frozen which can minimize odour.

May be found in

Fresh, frozen, desserts


Food Chemistry
The New York Times
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