Thai Fruit Season: Durian

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It’s fruit season in Thailand – when I was living there, I could easily eat at least a kilo of fruit a day….!!

Chanthaburi, where my family live, is a province well known for its farming and gemstones. I absolutely loved being in Thailand around May – July; there are so many weird, wonderful and delicious fruits!

I thought I’d showcase some of the province’s famous favourites and give a couple of fun facts about each fruit!

Today’s selection: The King of Fruits, Durian! (Thai: ทุเรียน “tu – rian”)

A controversial fruit, it’s well known for its smell (I used to be able to smell it in my bedroom when my uncle was cutting them in the kitchen down below, the smell would literally soak into EVERYTHING….my clothes, my bedsheets, my pencil case….seriously!) Maybe I could compare it to marmite – a love or hate thing?

The consistency is similar to avocado – it’s buttery and rich and Thais use it for cooking with, or cake making. You can dry durian and make it into crisps – even though I can’t stomach the fresh fruit, I love the crisps; it has a nutty, rich flavour and is absolutely amazing.

Here are some things about durian that I learnt while I was in Thailand (these may or may not be true, but it’s what my Thai family, friends and locals swear by!)

  • Durian makes you FAT! It is super calorific, apparently on average per durian, there around around 1200 – 1500 calories! It’s also really sugary and people with diabetes shouldn’t eat too much of it.
  • Durian is a hot fruit, and should be eaten alongside the Queen of Fruit, mangosteen (which is a cool fruit). Eating too much durian gives you the durian sweats….
  • ….which is also why you shouldn’t drink alcohol and eat durian. Your innards can overheat and cause a heart attack. There is apparently no scientific evidence to prove this BUT it’s something all the locals swear by.

Durian, like I said, is a real love or hate thing and if you can get past the pungent smell, it’s definitely worth trying at least once in your life!

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