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All about “Durian”

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Nutritional value of durian

Per 100 g (about 1/6 of the fruit)
Calories 147 kcal
Carbohydrates 27.1g
Fibers 3.8g
Protein 1.5g
Fat 5.3 g

Source: United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 28

Health effects of durian

Very few studies have been carried out specifically on this fruit.

The durian’s glycemic index is 49, which is slightly lower than other tropical fruits such as bananas (62).


Like all other fruits, durian has bioactive compounds such as carotenoids, anthocyanins, polyphenols and flavonoids.

Use of durian

When buying, you are looking for a fruit with intact, slightly yellow skin, which indicates that the fruit is ripe. To open the fruit, insert a knife into one of the grooves. You can then remove the flesh with the help of a spoon. It can be eaten as is, with a spoon, or incorporated into yogurt, ice cream and some pastries. It can also be cooked, and serve as jam. It accompanies “sticky” rice in Asia. It can also be dried and used to make fruit bars.

Durian seeds can be roasted or roasted like nuts. Durian seed powder is used in confectionery.

Durian can be stored for up to 2 days at room temperature. In Malaysia, it is kept in brine for consumption throughout the year.

A word from the nutritionist

Durian is definitely a fruit to try if you travel to Asia. Otherwise, its nutritional content is not necessarily worth the detour!

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