Durian is large spikey fruit with a sulfuric smell. Almost everyone finds this fruit either repulsive or addictive. Few fall in between. Durian is rare in that it is a significant source of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.

In Thailand, Durian is banned from many public areas because of the smell. Thailand's Ministry of Health warns against eating more than two sections of durian per day, as people have occasionally been known to die from excessive durian intake. People are killed every year by durians falling from trees.

You can find durian at your local Asian market. A typical durian has 5 sections of fruit. When it is ripe, a seam should be visible down the outside of each section of the shell. To eat, pull apart along the shell seams and remove the yellow pod of fruit inside.

Serving size: 1 cup
Region: Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam

Health Benefits

Blood A strong blood cleanser.
Mood Contains high levels of the amino acid tryptophan, known to alleviate anxiety, depression, and insomnia, and create feelings of euphoria, by raising levels of serotonin in the brain.
Muscles A good muscle builder. Contains high levels of soft proteins.
Sexual Function Asian legends say that durian is a powerful aphrodisiac.


Carbohydrates 65.8 g 22%
Copper 0.5 mg 25%
Fats 13 g 20% A good source of monounsaturated fat
Fiber 9.2 g 37%
Iron 1 mg 7%
Magnesium 72.9 mg 18%
Manganese 0.8 mg 27%
Potassium 1060 mg 30%
Protein/Amino Acids 3.6 g 7% Contains higher levels of protein than most other fruits.
Sulfur N/A N/A Known for it's sulfuric odor.
Vitamin B6 0.8 mg 44%
Vitamin B9/Folate 87.5 mcg 44%
Vitamin C 47.9 mg 80%