Feb 9, 2014

Durian tasting in kampung

Hubby decided to get mother in law, step son, little daughter and me to go and search for durians to eat.
We took a drive from Sri Gombak to Greenwood but the durian stall there was practically empty, so we went towards UIA and finally found some nice durian kampung and durian daun/hutan at a roadside stall...
 This is a kampung durian. "Kampung" is the Malay word for "village". "Durian Kampung" means that these durian fruits do not come from a plantation but from a village… from original durian trees, and not from trees that have been grafted, or genetically manipulated. No plantation durian can match the taste of a durian kampung. I guess it is kind or an "organic" durian

This is a durian daun or durian hutan from the aboriginals living near this kampung. The durian is smaller then the normal durian, green skin color and supposedly, according to the seller, the fruit only grows every 2 years once. The thorns are much more slimmer and sharper in comparison to the other durians. and the inside fruit is yellow in color and quite... nice..

My dear hubby decided to go on a spree then and ordered 4 durians  and by the time I was done, I swear off eating anymore durians for the next 3 months!!! And they say durian is bad for your waistline and cause you to gain weight!!!!

Anyway, do you know the benefits of eating durian?

Durian Fruit Benefits For Health:

1. A good source of energy:

100 grams of this fruit satiates about 21% of the daily carbohydrate requirement. Being a rich source of carbohydrates, it is helpful in replenishing your energy levels.

2. Acts as a natural anti-depressant:

Studies have proven that low levels of serotonin could actually trigger depression. Durian is naturally rich in Vitamin B6 which is essential for the production of serotonin. Hence, the intake of durian is advised to boost serotonin levels and thus, tide over depression.

3. For healthy bones and teeth:

The presence of calcium, potassium and B vitamins in significant amounts makes this fruit beneficial for maintaining healthy teeth and bones.

4. Aids in delaying aging:

Vitamin C is found in abundance in this fruit. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps to keep the oxidative stress prompted by free radicals at bay. The lower the oxidative stress levels, the slower the aging process.

5. For a healthy digestive system:

The presence of dietary fiber in durian helps in easing bowel movement. This in turn keeps away constipation and improves the power of digestion. The presence of thiamin and niacin improves appetite as well as digestive power, thus ensuring that your digestive system stays healthy.

6. Maintaining blood sugar levels:

The presence of manganese in desired levels aids in the regulation and maintenance of blood sugar levels. Hence, it can be relished by diabetics without any fear. 
(not very sure about this, but hmmm)

7. Maintaining blood pressure levels:

Durian is a good source of potassium which is required to keep the sodium levels of the human body intact. Regular intake of this fruit can thus ward off hypertension and associated medical conditions.

8. Beneficial for Anaemic patients:

Folate, if not present in adequate quantities, could lower the amount of red blood cells produced. This in turn can trigger anaemia. Durian is a good source of folate along with copper and iron. Hence, anaemic patients can tap the power of this fruit to overcome the health condition.

9. Helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases:

The presence of organosulfur helps it to regulate the inflammatory enzymes. Hence, it has the potential to keep cardiovascular diseases away.

10. For a better libido:

Durian is known to enhance libido. Thus, it helps in revitalizing your sexual life.

Durian Fruit USDA Nutrition Chart: 

[Nutrition value per 100 g]
PrincipleNutrient ValuePercentage of RDA
Energy147 Kcal7%
Carbohydrates27.09 g21%
Protein1.47 g2.5%
Total Fat5.33 g20%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Dietary Fiber3.8 g10%
Folates36 mcg9%
Niacin1.074 mg7%
Pantothenic acid0.230 mg4.5%
Pyridoxine0.316 mg24%
Riboflavin0.200 mg15%
Thiamin0.374 mg31%
Vitamin A44 IU1.5%
Vitamin C19.7 mg33%
Sodium2 mg0%
Potassium436 mg9.5%
Calcium6 mg0.6%
Copper0.207 mg23%
Iron0.43 mg5%
Magnesium30 mg7.5%
Manganese0.325 mg14%
Phosphorus39 mg6%
Zinc0.28 mg2.5%
Carotene-α6 mcg
Carotene-ß23 mcg


  1. I've never seen a durian. What do they taste like?

    1. Some people like the taste and hate the smell.. some people like both the taste and the smell.. it taste like some pungent custard actually...(to me), thanks for dropping by...

  2. I have never really read much about the benefits of eating durian, so this post was kinda like a surprise to me. Anyway, I don't like eating durian...probably I'll give it a try this time around...:-)

    1. I like my durians, every once in a while... =) thanks for visiting..


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