With its onion-custard flavor and an odor that resembles rotten gym socks, the durian fruit is perhaps the most notorious fruit of all. While supermarkets are slowly beginning to offer more internationally popular fruits, durian has yet to reach mainstream attention. The “why” isn’t much of a mystery. Along with its horrible smell, this prickly fruit is large, heavy, and unwieldy with its dangerous, spikey outer shell (eye injuries are common during harvesting season). But, regardless of its taste, aroma, or appearance, it is a nutritional powerhouse packed with antioxidants and vitamins. Let’s take a look at a few of the lesser mentioned benefits of durian fruit.
In the realm of acquired tastes, durian is right up there in the “expert level” category. Its odor is distinct and pervasive; some public places in Southeastern Asia even ban durian from the premises due to its lingering, pervasive aroma. Here are some quick facts about durian that you may find interesting:
Durian May Warm the Body
In Indian herbalism, durian is considered a warming food and it may have a slight hyperthermic effect on the body, causing the body to feel warmer following consumption. Like many warming spices, including garlic, cinnamon, and cloves, durian contains sulphides and other compounds known for inducing a warming sensation.
Durian May Help Ease a Cough
Animal models have shown that durian shell extract is powerful for fighting a stubborn cough. While the mechanism behind this benefit is unknown, researchers believe that the fruit’s analgesic and antibacterial properties may be the main contributors.
Durian Is Good For Muscle Function
Durian is high in potassium, a nutrient necessary for proper nerve and muscle function. Normally this would be a benefit but individuals with kidney disease need to monitor their potassium levels in order to keep their condition under control. Therefore, durian should not be consumed by persons with end stage renal disease or any other type of kidney disease.