Tuesday, November 16, 2010

...the King of Fruits

The Durian is the fruit of tree species to the genus Durio…. the Malvaceae family (although some taxonomists place Durio in a distinct family, Durionaceae). The name durian comes from the Malay word duri (thorn) together with the suffix -an (for building a noun in Malay). The fruit is widely known and revered in southeast Asia as the "King of Fruits" …distinctive for its large size …unique odour …formidable thorn-covered husk..

The edible flesh emits a distinctive odour …strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Durian lovers regard the durian as fragrant …while others find the aroma overpowering and offensive ...the smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust …the odour has led to the fruit's banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia.
 ... the D8 from Jerantut, Pahang

The durian …native to Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia ...has been known to the Western world for about 600 years. The 19th-century British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, famously described durian flesh as "a rich custard highly flavoured with almonds"....can be consumed at various stages of ripeness …also used to flavour a wide variety of savoury and sweet edibles in Southeast Asian cuisines ...the seeds can also be eaten when cooked.

Durian trees are large .. growing to 25–50 m (80–165 ft) high depending on the species …evergreen leaves …elliptic to oblong and 10–18 cm (4–7 in) long ...the flowers are produced in clusters on large branches, directly on the trunk …each flower have a calyx (sepals) with five petals (rarely four or six). Durian trees flowers one or two times per year …which timing varies between species, cultivars, and localities. Most durian trees would produce fruit after four or five years. The durian fruit would hang and matures roughly three months after pollination. The fruit can grow as large as 30 cm (12 in) long and 15 cm (6 in) in diameter …weighing between one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb). With shape ranges from oblong to round …the colour of its husk ranges from green to brown ….and its flesh is pale yellow to red…depending on the species.

For my family and I …a durian feast has always been a special occasion…

1 comment:

J Bar said...

Amazing. I haven't seen these before.
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