Traditionally Used For
- Blood Cleanser
A Good Source Of
- B Vitamins
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
Traditionally, durians are not harvested from the tree but instead, they are allowed to fall to the ground. It then takes about 2 to 4 days for the durian to become ripe and then quickly begins to loose its freshness after about 5 or 6 days.
The fruit inside the durian should be creamy–white to a yellowish color.
Nothing to report.
Durian has a strong odor to it and if kept in a non–ventilated area, someone may think a rat has died behind the walls and is rotting. The odor is, or can be, rather overwhelming. In fact, many hotels, offices and buildings will not allow a person to enter if they have a durian with them!
The smell is rather pungent but this should not deter a person from trying the fruit as the fruit tastes much better than the smell.
If you want to try durian, it is best to go to an Asian market.
Chinese Herbal Information
5 Elements: n/a
5 Flavors: n/a
Nothing to report.
Cautions & Suggestions:
In traditional Chinese herbal medicine, durian is known as the "King of fruits" (the Queen of fruits, incidentally, is mangosteen). Durian is known as the "King of fruits" because it has a strong yang energy. Since durian has a strong yang energy, individuals with a hot constitution would do best avoiding durian while those with a cold constitution will benefit from durian. Either way, it is best not to have durian every day. If used every day, then a person will get too much yang energy in their body leading to an imbalance.
Individuals not familiar with traditional Chinese herbal medicine or the philosophy of yin and yang, will be told by someone, "durian is the King of fruits and so drink the juice every day". But this will lead to an imbalance.
Currently, as an example, many people buy mangosteen juice because mangosteen is the "Queen of fruits". A person hears this and then spends a pretty penny buying mangosteen juice without realizing they are putting their body into an imbalance — too much yin energy in this situation. A Chinese herbalist would never give anyone mangosteen every day. Instead, a Chinese herbalist would only use mangosteen as needed, when needed. Many people drink their mangosteen juice during the winter time thinking it is helping to keep them healthy and strong, as an example. But winter is a time of maximum yin in nature and thus, to help strengthen the body, we want to increase the yang energy we eat rather than increase the yin.
So during the winter, durian is a much better choice while in the summer, mangosteen is a much better choice.
While durian may be the "King of fruits" and while mangosteen may be the "Queen of fruits", drinking or having too much yin or yang energy will lead to health problems. All things must be done in balance.
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Picture of Durians
Photo by W.A. Djatmiko.
Durian — Nutritional Analysis
- Value / 100 g
- Total lipid (fat)
- Carbohydrate, by difference
- Fiber, total dietary
- Calcium, Ca
- Iron, Fe
- Magnesium, Mg
- Phosphorus, P
- Potassium, K
- Sodium, Na
- Zinc, Zn
- Copper, Cu
- Manganese, Mn
- Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
- Pantothenic acid
- Vitamin B-6
- Folate, total
- Folate, food
- Vitamin B-12
- Vitamin A, RAE
- Carotene, beta
- Carotene, alpha
- Cryptoxanthin, beta
- Vitamin A, IU
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