Durians are known for their pungent smell and their ability to cause diarrhea. They also have an interesting history. The durian fruit was first discovered in Southeast Asia and has been cultivated since ancient times.
Today, durians are grown in tropical regions around the world. In fact, Indonesia is the largest producer of durians in the world.
But there’s a problem with durians. Many people buy them thinking they’re fresh, only to find out later that they’ve spoiled.
- Look at its color. A ripe durian should be dark green or blackish-green on the outside. It shouldn’t look yellow like it did when I bought this one.
- Check the stem end. When you pick up a durian from your local market, check the bottom part where the stem meets the shell. This area will usually be soft and mushy.
Durian is a large tropical fruit that grows in Southeast Asia. It has a thick shell and a spiky exterior. Inside, the flesh is soft and creamy white, with a strong odor similar to rotten eggs.
The durian plant produces a milky latex sap that contains a protein called durianin . This compound is toxic to many bacteria, fungi, and parasites, including some types of viruses.
A durian can vary greatly in size and shape depending on what variety it is. Some varieties grow very small while others get as big as two feet long. And even though all durians taste good, not every type tastes great. Here are three different kinds:
1) Large Thai durian – These fruits weigh about four pounds each and measure between six inches and eight inches across. Their shells are light brown and smooth.
2) Small Malaysian durian – These fruits weigh less than half a pound and range anywhere from five inches to seven inches wide. Their shells are grayish-brown and rough.
3) Giant Chinese durian – These fruits are huge! One giant specimen weighed over 100 lbs ! Its shell is bright orange and covered with spikes.
One giant specimen weighed over 100 lbs! When buying a durian, make sure it looks firm and heavy. Also, don’t worry too much about the price tag because most sellers won’t charge more than $5 per kilo. But keep in mind that prices may differ based on location. For example, a durian sold in Singapore costs twice as much as one found in Malaysia.
If you want to know whether a durian is safe to eat, here are some tips:
1) Buy durians that feel hard and heavy. Avoid those that seem limp or squishy.
2) Make sure the skin isn’t cracked or peeling.
3) Inspect the stem end. If it feels soft and mushy, then chances are the durian might spoil soon.
4) Kept away from direct sunlight.
When you bite into an unripe durian, you’ll notice a sweet smell coming off of it. The inside of the fruit also smells slightly sour. However, once the durian starts rotting, both the aroma and flavor change drastically. Afterward, the durian becomes extremely pungent and bitter tasting.
Before eating a durian, inspect the outer surface for cracks or holes. Then peel back the husk and remove any remaining leaves. Next, cut open the top of the fruit so you can see if there are signs of rot underneath. Finally, sniff the interior of the fruit. If it doesn’t have a distinct scent, then it probably hasn’t gone bad yet.
There are several reasons why durian stinks so badly after going bad. First, its natural oils start breaking down due to exposure to air. Second, the fruit gets infected by microorganisms such as mold and yeast. Third, the fruit absorbs odors from nearby sources. Fourth, the fruit loses moisture through evaporation. Fifth, the fruit dries out. Sixth, the fruit begins to ferment. Seventh, the fruit decomposes. Eighth, the fruit rots internally.
1) Choose a sunny day.
2) Place the durian in a shady spot where it will receive plenty of sun but won’t be exposed to extreme heat.
3) Keep the durian at room temperature.
4) Check the fruit daily. Rotting durians should look wilted and dry. They shouldn’t appear moist or slimy.
Durian lasts up to two weeks stored properly. Once opened, however, they only stay fresh for three days.
The best way to check if your durian is still edible is to use your nose. Open the lid and take a whiff. If the odor resembles that of rotten meat, then it’s time to throw it out. Otherwise, continue enjoying this delicious tropical treat.
So what did we learn today? Well, first of all, durian is not just another exotic food item. It actually plays a vital role in our diet. In fact, it contains more than 20 nutrients including vitamin C, potassium, fiber, iron, calcium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, folate, pantothenic acid, biotin, and vitamins B6 and E.
Secondly, don’t buy durians unless you trust them.