by Chef Kendall Huff
Native Foods Cafe
No no…not these guys…
I’m talking about the ”King of Fruits” from South East Asia. The Durian Fruit.
Photo by: Michael Hermann http://www.cropsforthefuture.org/
I had the pleasure of working with this unique fruit a few years back. And yes, this is the smelly one!
This thorny-skinned, egg-shaped fruit happens to be in the same family as hibiscus and okra. I came across a vegan Durian Coconut ice cream that was absolutely amazing. It was a mix between coconut, sweet cream and a hint smokiness. It would definitely be my choice of dessert for my last meal on Earth.
For those of you that have never had the pleasure of enjoying this crazy fruit, here of some fun facts for you to incise and intrigue you.
-There are 30 species of the Durian fruit, but only 9 have been identified
-The plants bear fruit after 4 to 5 years of plantation
-Durian is only in season from June through August (similar to the jackfruit and mango)
-Like the banana, avocado and jackfruit, it is rich in energy, mineral and vitamins (100 grams=147 calories)
- The fruit is free from saturated fats and cholesterol
-Good source of antioxidants- Vitamin C (which fights against infectious agents and harmful radicals)
- Durian is an excellent source of B-complex Vitamins (B5, B6, and B1).
-Contains a good amount of copper, iron, and magnesium.
-Great source of potassium, which helps control heart rate and blood pressure.
-Durian also contains high levels of the amino acid, tryptophan (“nature's sleeping pill”).
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