Durian: King of fruits

Fruit forms a large part of the Thai diet and are customarily served after a meal. One of its exotic fruits that may have been sometimes unavailable in Western countries, is the durian. Our favorite variety is Monthong. It’s sweet, milky and creamy. They are in season this month so we’re able to buy in the market for only 25-35 Thb (only $1 or less) per kilogram.

On Sunday, an ice cream vendor sell a traditional ice cream known as ‘ice cream boran’. The frozen ice cream is shaped in large rectangles and the vendor will cut it into smaller sizes according to how much you wanted to buy- 10 Thb, 20 Thb or the whole one for 36 Thb. Here’s my sister with her favorite durian ice cream for 10 Thb only (about $.40) :

Why we love durian? Here’s few of the health benefits of eating durian:

* Fresh durian fruit is a very rich source of potassium. Potassium is an important electrolyte of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.

* Durian is rich in dietary fiber, which makes it a good bulk laxative. The fiber content helps to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time and as well as binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.

How about you? Do you like durian?

Durian-popular to animal kingdom

I never considered the smell of the durian stinky nor abhor the taste of it. I love durian as well as the entirety of the animal kingdom-from squirrels to mouse deer, pigs to orangutans, elephants as well as carnivorous tigers and lions. While some of these animals eat the fruit and dispose the seed under the parent plant, others swallow the seed with the fruit, transport it some distance and excrete it, dispersing the seed along the way.


Durian Festival

After church, our pastor invited the Filipinos to have dinner with them at the church and have a “durian feast”! He bought so many durians for us from different varieties that’s why I could call it a “feast”.

We went home with full tummies and handbags filled with durians! Want some? You can buy also in the market for as cheap as 8 baht per kilo.