The Durian Fruit

Durian ~ Super Fruits

This is commonly known as the "king of the fruits."

The name comes from the Malay word duri, meaning "thorn."

This is a super fruit from Southeast Asia (exported mostly from Thailand) which has unique health benefits few fruit can rival and comes in nine edible varieties or "grades".

This super fruit is also legendary for its use as an aphrodisiac and improving mental mood.

Despite its reputation as the King of Fruits in its native lands, this fruit has remained virtually unknown in Western society, due to its odor (from the outside) and thorny spikes.

The fruit itself, once removed from its spiky strong smelling exterior has a superior taste.

"It is of such an excellent taste that it surpasses in flavor all the other fruits of the world." (quote from a British traveler in 1599)

It has a fragrant delicious flavor reminiscent of almonds, sherry wine and custard.

The pulp is rich and smooth and totally unique.

This super fruit is used to flavor a wide variety of sweets and edibles such as traditional Malay candy, rose biscuits, cakes and ice cream.

It's a dangerous fruit to pick due to its size and spiky skin and workers have to wear hard hats in order to pick them!

They're rich in nutrients and contain antioxidants, vitamins, protein, amino acids, essential fatty acids and unique organo-sulphur compounds.

It's also rich in minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium and zinc.

Carbohydrates and fiber complete the nutritional profile.

TIP: According to Cheah Kim Wai, who's been selling this fruit for 7 years in Malaysia, he says it should be eaten by their "grades" to maximize enjoyment of the fruit.

You want to start by eating the lower "grades" first, which are much sweeter.

The higher the grade, the more bitter they are.

If you follow this technique you can truly enjoy the taste of the fruit and appreciate the difference between the grades.

If eaten in reverse, the bitter taste of the higher grade fruits will overpower the taste of the lower grade ones.

The Serotonin Connection

The Durian fruit is known as The King of Fruits and it may have a lot to do with its serotonin raising properties.

Serotonin abnormalities may include:

• Mania

• Depression

• Anxiety

• Personality disorders

• Suicide

• Impulsive acts of violence and aggression

• Obsessive-compulsive behavior,

• Some types of sexual problems,

• Alcoholism

• Eating disorders

• Sleep disturbances

• Perhaps schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease

When serotonin functioning is thrown out of balance, the impact can be felt in any number of ways.

Depending on genetics and environment, that imbalance might make itself known as migraines, binging, anxiety, obsessive compulsive behavior, depression or out of control impulsiveness.

Low moods and low serotonin go together, a finding that has been confirmed in study after study for several decades.

The normal role for serotonin is to balance and adjust our normal mood shifts, somewhat like the bass/treble knob on your stereo.

Further, low serotonin availability may excite cravings for things such as alcohol and cigarettes.

Drinking alcohol temporarily raises serotonin levels and then lowers them which is why people feel so euphoric when first drunk and then crash into anger or depression.

In cigarettes, nicotine will increase serotonin activity in some parts of the brain temporarily, and then when the serotonin activity falls, the craving for another cigarette occurs.

Serotonin also controls appetite, the sight, smell or expectation of food stimulates serotonin release in the hypothalamus, a part of the brain known to regulate feeding and sleep.

As eating begins, serotonin continues to rise, until it registers in the hyptothalamus as the experience of satisfaction or satiety.

That full feeling in your stomach actually comes from your brain.

If you increase serotonin availability or activity you will tend to reduce food consumption.

If you decrease serotonin system activity you will tend to increase food consumption.

This is a mysterious fruit that has long been revered in Southeast Asia.

It’s known as the King of Fruits due to its complete nutritional profile that’s unmatched by any other fruit.

In fact, in Malaysia the Jakun Tribe lives on nothing else for up to 2 months at a time.

Why is this fruit good for raising serotonin levels?

The Durian fruit is an amazing fruit which contains high amounts of the amino acid tryptophan.

Tryptophan is instrumental in raising serotonin levels in the brain.

Serotonin cannot pass from the bloodstream into the brain but tryptophan can so an easy way to increase serotonin levels in the brain is to try durian or a product with the durian fruit in it.

Durian in its raw fruit form is very, very bad smelling.

In fact, it is banned in public places in Southeast Asia.

Yet even with the repulsive smell, those in Southeast Asia who are aware of the benefits of this amazing fruit eat it anyway because of the amazing results they receive.

Eating a Durian

When unripe, Durian can be cooked like a vegetable — including frying unripe slices just like potato chips to make uncommonly good Durian snack chips.

Durians are sold whole, or cut open and divided into segments, which are wrapped in clear plastic.

The flesh is mostly eaten fresh, often out-of-hand.

It's best after being well chilled in a refrigerator.

Sometimes it's simply boiled with sugar or cooked in coconut water, and it's a popular flavoring for ice cream.

Javanese prepare the flesh as a sauce to be served with rice; they also combine the minced flesh with minced onion, salt and diluted vinegar as a kind of relish; and they add half-ripe arils to certain dishes.

Arabian residents prefer to mix the flesh with ice and syrup.

In Palembang, the flesh is fermented in earthen pots, sometimes smoked, and eaten as a special side dish.

This super fruit's flesh is canned in syrup for export.

It's also dried for local use and export.

Blocks of the paste are sold in the markets.

In Bangkok much of the paste is adulterated with pumpkin.

Malays preserve the flesh in salt in order to keep it on hand the year around to eat with rice.

This super fruit, it's unripened state, is boiled whole and eaten as a vegetable.

The seeds are eaten after boiling, drying, and frying or roasting .... (though) believed to possess a toxic property that causes shortness of breath.

In Java, the seeds may be sliced thin and cooked with sugar as a confection; or dried and fried in coconut oil with spices for serving as a side-dish.

Young leaves and shoots are occasionally cooked as greens.

Sometimes the ash of the burned rind is added to special cakes.

Eating Durian is alleged to restore the health of ailing humans and animals.

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