The Royal Family of Fruits Legend
In the early 15th Century, famed navigator Zheng He, of the Ming Dynasty, set out from China with a crew of sailors, on a mission to explore Southeast Asia. Homesick and restless, the sailors were an unmotivated group, and Zheng He was eagerly searching for some spark to keep the journey going.
One day, while exploring on land, Zheng He came upon a pile of spiky, egg-shaped fruit laying under several towering trees. The captain quickly ordered some of his crew to gather the fruits and sample them for edibility.
After just one taste, the crew was hooked.
The fruit was said to be indescribably delicious, and everyone on the boat indulged. The crew's spirits were lifted and they began to forget about returning home altogether.
Instead, they longed to stay close to the trees bearing the tasty fruits.
Asked to name the new discovery, Zheng He gave it the title Durian. This word is pronounced "liu lian" in Mandarin the exact sound as the Mandarin word meaning "desire to stay in a particular place" or "reluctance to leave."
To this day, the Durian is widely admired for its heavenly flavor and its plethora of medicinal properties.
In fact, in its native lands, the Durian is known as the reigning King of Fruits.
The benefits of Zheng He's discovery have been observed over the last 600 years.
Traditional Chinese medicine incorporates the eating of the Durian fruit to hasten a women's recovery after pregnancy and to strengthen and improve the health of vital organs. The fruit is also said to replenish the vital breath known as qi and to improve the positive energy yang in one's body. That yang is matched by none other than the reigning Queen of Fruits the Mangosteen completing the legendary pairing.
Nutritional Benefits of DURIAN:
Considered one of the most nutritious fruits in the world, each Durian houses approximately five segments containing seeds and creamy, edible pulp. This portion known as the aril provides significant nutritional benefits. The fruit offers so many nutrients that in Thailand, Durian is often fed to medical patients and post-natal women. Among the beneficial nutrients in each Durian are:Phytonutrients: nutrient compounds that provide immune system support, DNA damage repair, carcinogen detoxification, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects Organo-sulfur compounds: natural organic compounds known to have medicinal benefits such asminimizing cholesterol development, decreasing inflammation and arthritic pain, improving joint movement and skin complexion, and counteracting carcinogens* Dietary Fiber: supports a healthy intestinal tract*Essential Amino Acids: contains essential amino acids, with glutamate at particularly high levels which is critical in the metabolic process* Tryptophan: a healthy amino acid that is the antecedent to Serotonin which monitors the human body`s emotions. Serotonin is converted to Melatonin which promotes efficient sleep, aids in managing anxietyand is often effective in treating several types of mental disorders* Minerals: including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, copper and manganese Vitamins: including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid (B5), Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Folic Acid and retinol Protein and Fat: Good muscle builder that is high in protein and fat, but cholesterol-free* Other Health Benefits of the Durian include: Boosts metabolism weight loss* Blood Cleanser* Muscle builder* Natural Energy * AntibacterialDetoxification of carcinogens* Good source of raw fats*
More Health benefits of Durian fruit
- Durian fruit, like Banana is rich in energy, minerals and vitamins.
- The fruit is made of soft, easily digestible flesh with simple sugars like fructose and sucrose and some amount of simple fats that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly; can be used as supplement food in the treatment plan for underweight children. Although it contains a relatively high amount of fats among fruits, but it is free from cholesterol.
- 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.
- Durian fruit is a good source of antioxidant vitamin-C (about 33% of RDA). Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful free radicals.
- The fruit is an excellent source of many health benefiting B-complex groups of vitamins; a rare feature among fruits, such as niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish.
- It also contain good amount of minerals like manganese, copper, iron and magnesium. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Iron is required for red blood cell formation.
- Fresh durian fruit is a very rich source of potassium. Potassium in an important electrolyte of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
- It also contains high levels of essential amino acid, tryptophan (also known as “nature’s sleeping pill”) which in the body metabolizes into serotonin and melatonin; these neuro-chemicals have an important functions like sleep induction and in the treatment of epilepsy.
See the table below for in depth analysis:
Durian fruit (Durio zibethinus)
Nutrition value per 100 g.
|Principle ||Nutrient Value ||Percentage of RDA |
|Energy ||147 Kcal ||7% |
|Carbohydrates ||27.09 g ||21% |
|Protein ||1.47 g ||2.5% |
|Total Fat ||5.33 g ||20% |
|Cholesterol ||0 g ||0% |
|Dietary Fiber ||3.8 g ||10% |
|Vitamins || || |
|Folates ||36mcg ||9% |
|Niacin ||1.074 mg ||7% |
|Pantothenic acid ||0.230 mg ||4.5% |
|Pyridoxine ||0.316 mg ||24% |
|Riboflavin ||0.200 mg ||15% |
|Thiamin ||0.374 mg ||31% |
|Vitamin C ||19.7 mg ||33% |
|Vitamin A ||44 IU ||1.5 |
|Electrolytes || || |
|Potassium ||436 mg ||9.5% |
|Sodium ||2 mg ||0% |
|Minerals || || |
|Calcium ||6 mg ||0.6% |
|Copper ||0.207 mg ||23% |
|Iron ||0.43 mg ||5% |
|Magnesium ||30mg ||7.5% |
|Manganese ||0.325mg ||14% |
|Phosphorus ||39 mg ||6% |
|Zinc ||0.28 mg ||2.5% |
|Phyto-nutrients || || |
|α-Carotene ||6 mcg ||– |
|β-Carotene ||23 mcg ||– |
(Source: USDA Nutrient database)
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