Durian fruit is notorious for its distinguishable, malodorous aroma, which has been compared to that of Limburger cheese, rotting onions, and even gasoline. Durian is a large spherical fruit, roughly 15-30 centimeters long and 15-20 centimeters in diameter.It has a hard, thick exterior that is yellow or yellow-green in color, and densely covered in sharp thorns. The pulp inside has a blended sweet and savory.
Durian fruit is rich in sugar and healthy fats, but it also has extensive vitamin and mineral content that is attributed to its many health benefits, including boosting the immune system, protecting against heart disease, aiding in the prevention of cancer, strengthening bones, lowering blood pressure, and more. Durian fruit is an excellent source of energy because it is high in carbohydrates, and also contains a good amount of dietary fiber, essential for normal function of the digestive system. Durian fruit is most commonly eaten raw, and can be used in sweet or savory recipes. Once ripe, the tough skin can easily be cut open and the pudding-like pulp can be scooped out and eaten raw, though some recommend chilling it first.