The Raw Foods Evolution

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Durian, King of Healthy Diet Fruits

Friends reading my raw foods diet newsletter often ask me about the King of the fruits, the Durian.

The durian is great for those who are eating healthy. I love durians and ate one for lunch today. I find they are easier to digest when eaten with celery.

I have a healthy recipe for durian in my newsletter!

Durian is a crazy looking fruit about the size of a football with sharp spikes covering the surface. Durian would make a great weapon when fighting off Pyramid Head in the video game Silent Hill 2.

Durian costs about 1 dollar a pound (much less than gas prices ). Nick Lachey and Miss USA were spotted eating durian together on Mothers day. Durians are sold at most Asian Markets.

Yesterday I was produce shopping at the Asian market and purchased three durians along with Young coconuts, papaya, mango, sapote, and jackfruit.

Durians are high in fat, although they may be included in a healthy weight watcher loss program.

This is an excellent article titled The Durian, written by David Klein
Owner of Living Nutrition Magazine

Durian, the legendary tropical fruit of Oceana, is considered by many to be the ultimate eating experience. Covered with a thick brown spiky husk, it resembles a bizarre medieval football. However, the treasure that lies within is out of this world!

Durians are mainly available in the U.S. and Europe from inner-city Asian food stores. If your Asian grocer does not recognize the name durian, ask for it by the name of its most popular variety grown in Thailand, "monthong." Durians typically arrive frozen from Thailand.

They are also grown and, to a lesser extent, exported from Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, northern Australia, Central America and Hawaii. When frozen, they typically sell for around $0.99 to $1.50 per pound; fresh they typically sell for $4.00 per pound. Averaging seven pounds each, durian is an expensive meal but you may find them to be well worth any price!

A good durian has a light fruity aroma, but a durian which has a repulsively noxious aroma may still be good to eat. The husk may he decomposing and releasing sulfurous gases, giving it the characteristic rotten egg aroma. But don't give up--ecstasy resides within!

Durians typically have five inner chambers (or "locules"), each with a soft creamy, yellowish piece of fruit, with one or two large seeds (to be discarded). Each chamber, or pod, has an invisible seam down the middle.

When naturally ripened on the tree, the seams split open, yielding fruit for fortunate primate or human connoisseurs. Since virtually no durians arrive at the market split open, you can try feeling for the seam and peeling the pods open with your finger nails. If that fails, a sharp knife will do the trick.

Durian can be eaten semi-frozen, providing a delight reminiscent of banana-nut ice cream. Eaten at room temperature after thawing, the durian fruit is amazingly silky and creamy, making it an incomparable, naturally sensual delight.

Mildly to moderately sweet, with about eight percent fat content (weightwise), durian is oh so satisfying. However, the secret to the durian's allure goes way beyond the sweetness. All tropical fruits contain natural hormonal proteins, precursors to neurotransmitters which enhance our brain functions and promoting a sense of well-being.

The durian apparently is the richest food source of these hormonal proteins, bringing most eaters to a wonderful state of euphoria and happiness, of loving and being loved! Indeed, durian is well known as an aphrodisiac. But if this makes you uneasy, fear not, for the effect is comfortable and natural.

In contrast to the dense, ice cream like texture imparted by freezing, fresh (unfrozen) durian is lighter, reminiscent of whipped cream. If you can shell out the $30 to $36 for a fresh durian, here's hoping that it it is a perfectly ripe one!

Durians are available in different varieties, each varying in flavors and textures. Generally, a small percentage of the durians we choose will not be completely ripe. They can be hard, rubbery and unpalatable.

The quality of the fruit inside is not easily discerned, making durian buying a bit of a gamble, however, a nice fruity aroma and a light brown husk are the best clues to go by. Avoid dark brown husks, these typically have been thawed out and refrozen one or more times, reducing their flavor and producing the characteristic rotten egg aroma.

If you get one or more "bad" durians, don't give up! The next one might provide the eating experience of your life! A good durian is, in my opinion, the ultimate mono meal. Share one with a friend and enjoy this gem of Creation.

Special thanks to Nirav of the Durian Palace for contributing to this article.

Article by Dave Klein, Owner of Living Nutrition Magazine

I highly recommend a subscription to Dave's magazine. It has many great recipes, interviews, and articles about the raw vegan and living foods diet and Natural Hygiene.


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