While opinions about the scent of durian vary, one thing is consistent: people are wild about its taste, enjoying its creamy, vanilla flavor.
Take Lindsay Gasik and Rob Culclasure. “It’s very sensual . . . the thorny texture, intense aroma, bizarre appearance and amazing range of flavors found in no other fruit or natural food,” says Gasik. “It’s like crème brûlée on a tree (1).”
The couple traveled throughout Asia for a year, trying all of the durian varieties (lucky them!). On their resulting blog,YearofTheDurian.com, they write, “Within that hard, spiny husk is a custard as smooth as a whipped pudding, sweet as vanilla ice cream, and savory as any garlic bread. It is, in our opinion, one of the best tasting foods on this planet (2).”
Beyond the fact that it makes our taste buds jump for joy, it’s super healthy.
Durian health benefits
Durian is high in fiber as well as potassium, both factors that contribute to a properly-running digestive system and a better salt-fluid balance in cells (3). This means that everything from excessive gas or indigestion can be kept at bay, as can more serious problems like colorectal cancer. Furthermore, it has the ability to regulate blood pressure and relax blood vessels, so the likelihood of developing a stroke or suffering a heart attack is reduced.
Durian also has been said to be an aphrodisiac. Studies show that “it can produce intensified sexual libido and stamina, and also reduce the chances of infertility in men and women, and increase sperm motility (3).” Wow.
They’re also loaded with antioxidants, which gets rid of nasty free radicals in the body. In turn, the signs of premature aging fall by the wayside as do the chances for normal cells to turn cancerous.
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