The king of fruits, it’s one that you will love or dislike. During the season for the fruit Durian in Indonesia which is from October – February it’s sold almost everywhere. Street, supermarkets, back of a truck and I can imagine this goes the same for everywhere in South East Asia.
Over the years I have bought plenty of wrong ones: they were overripe, rotten or the smell was off. I am here now to share my experience so you can choose the right fresh durian that tastes as it should.
Just writing about this and looking at the pictures I have, I can smell it again. Can you? Fresh ones smell very sweet and strong. From this seller, I bought 3 pieces. First I want to show you which one I did not pick
Durians that look damaged on the outside are most likely also damaged on the inside. The fruit will not taste very good. In some cases they might turn grey color on the inside prematurely. The pulp will have an alcoholic and bitter taste.
Did you know that Durian fruit is processed in snacks which are suitable as souvenirs to bring back home. In Semarang they make Moaci cakes with durian flavor as a souvenir! Delicious!
I bought 3 pieces for 25k IDR (about 1.65 USD). A cheap haul. During the season a Durian tree of around 3-4 years old is mature and between 25-30 meters in height. It will hold several dozen of fruits between 1-3kg. (Source Wikipedia Durian). So hurray for me, during season it’s very cheap!
Chosing the right one
The fruit I picked out, have no black spots or holes. The color is between a light brown to green color like in the picture. There should not be a lot of spikes on the outside, this is very characteristic for a good durian. Here’s a comparison. Guess first which one you is the better choice.
In the picture, you can see the left one, a bit smaller has a lot more spikes compared to the right one. Also, the color is not one to pick out.
So to summarize how to pick it out:
Spikes should be as minimum as possible
Color should be between green and light-brown
The fruit should not have any damage on the outside like holes.
Taste of Durian
It’s very hard to explain the taste of this exotic fruit. Many are already repulsed by the smell as it simply smells like stinky feet or something else unwashed. But to me, with fresh fruit, it smells very sweet.
You can split the fruit up on 5 slices. There is a silk-like moist pulp inside covering the seed. The pulp is the edible part
There you have it. Eat fruit meat around the seed and enjoy the tropical taste of this fruit. Here is how you open it. Make incisions so you can split it into slices.
Popular recipes for Durian I will soon try out
I currently have some stock frozen. I want to create some of the recipes for my cooking section of the website.
I already had some biscuits, premade and bought in the supermarkets. It had the smell but not the taste. So I hope in the near future I hope I can make tasty snacks out of my leftovers.
It’s a fruit so it should have vitamins, minerals and some more benefits to us right? Per 100 gr of pulp
Carbs: 27.09 g
Energy: 615 kJ
Fat: 5.33 g
Protein: 1.47 g
Fiber: 3.8 g
Vitamin A: 44 IU
Thiamine (B1): 0.374 mg (33% Daily Value)
Riboflavin: (B2) 0.2 mg 17% DV
Niacin (B3): 1.074mg 7% of the DV
Vitamin (B6): 0.316mg 26% dv
Folate (B9): 36 ug 22% of the DV
Vitamin C: 19.7mg 24% of the Daily Value (DV)
Next to being rich in vitamins it also offers plenty of minerals like Calcium, copper, iron magnesium manganese, phosphorus potassium, and zinc.
Even though 65% of the pulp in water, it’s still a very nutritional fruit.
Other benefits: Reducing cancer risk, preventing heart disease, fighting off infection, and lowering blood sugar. (Source: Healthline)
Durian with beer kills
Not true! Durian with beer does not kill, just don’t overdo it.
Jackfruit is the same as Durian
Not true. However the shape and size kind of look similar, it is not true. The taste, smell, and whole sensation is different. I never hear anyone saying that Jackfruit, the stinky fruit. It’s durian the stinky yet delicious fruit.
Durian during pregnancy
According to BabyCenter it is ok to eat it during pregnancy and it can be beneficial. I got paranoid during pregnancy, it’s the hormones. I didn’t do it myself out of fear for alcohol and other stories I’ve heard. After all, it’s a bit taboo for Asians.
Enjoy the fruit, don’t overdo it. If you eat too much of 1 thing it can’t be too good. so vary it up. Also try to eat other fruits! I hope it was helpful for you that you know which fruit to chose.
Hi I am Dwik. I am a blogger, travel agent and a mom of a lovely baby daughter and wife to a supportive husband. I customize and plan tours in Bali and islands nearby for a living and have been doing this for more than 10 years. I started now to blog about handy information and things you can do while abroad or traveling. Get in touch via [email protected]