Durian: King of All Fruits in the Philippines

The durian, famous for its odor and taste, is acknowledged as the King of all fruits in the country specifically in Davao City where it has most of the harvest. But some people would describe durian as a monster fruit, for it tastes like heaven but smells like hell. The taste has a strange combination of creamy, savory, and sweet all at once.

It looks spiky! How do you open it?

Durian is a spiky fruit that can surely hurt you if you don’t take care. If you look carefully at the base of the fruit, you will see faint brownish outlines of a 5-pointed star. These are the durian’s lines that separate its different segments. By using a knife with a strong sharp point, make an incision in the middle of the “star” and dig your fingers into it and start prying the skin apart. After some effort, you will have two halves. Take the knife and score a deep cut in the fibrous “rib” in the center of each half. Pull the halved section apart into two sections.

It smells awful! Does it even have health benefits?

Sure there is! This fruit is rich in energy, vitamins, and minerals. It offers nutrients such as phytonutrients, water, protein, and beneficial dietary fats. While very low in cholesterol and sodium, it is rich in dietary fiber and is a good source of antioxidant and vitamin C. Durian is also considered an excellent source of B vitamins, including niacin, riboflavin, B5, B6, and thiamin. These are vitamins in our body that need to be replenished regularly. And it positively impacts aging due to its antioxidant properties, and bone health since durian is a great source of copper, manganese, potassium, and magnesium.

Intriguing, isn’t it? 

If you are one of those people who hasn’t tried durian, surely you’re craving to try it now and sure you should when you come to visit the Philippines. Then, let us know what do you think.