Over 22 years ago I had my first encounter with the “fruit of the other kind”. After I overcame the rather repulsive smell I actually liked the taste of it. As you might have guessed by now I am talking about none other than the Durian.The absolute adoration for this fruit of many Malaysians I know has always intrigued me.
Apparently Durian contains ample amount of vitamins. It is a good source of Dietary Fiber, Thiamin, Vitamin B6 and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin C. A serving of 243 g will contain about 20 g of fat, which is considered a high amount of fat among fruits, however it is free from saturated fats and cholesterol and contains monounsaturated fats which are helping to reduce cholesterol level (Nutrition Facts).
So, Durian addicts out there, you can eat Durian guilt-free, it is packed with nutrients and gives you the healthy fats (obviously unadulterated in the Durian, as opposed to heated monounsaturated oils) which is lacking in a typical Malaysian diet that favours a lot of frying.
As for me, after a feast of yesterday’s Durian brought into our apartment by my relentless husband I resolved to open all windows and doors after which I diffused an ample amount of peppermint, lemon and lavender. Although lovely in the mouth “the 44 odor-active compounds, which were reported for the first time in a natural product in the study of the smell of a Thai durian” (Durian Odor Study) still makes me want to hold my breath! ALLERGIES 1.1 (1)