Durians have somewhat of a mixed reputation. People rave about their creamy delicious flesh, but complain about the odor the fruit sometimes gives off. These large green fruits are covered in spiky thorns as well. Durians can simply be eaten out of hand or boiled in sugar water. A popular flavoring for ice cream, durians are known as the "king of fruits" in many parts of Asia. One researcher from Thailand's Horticultural Research Institute is attempting to rid the durian of its foul aroma and spikes, but many Asians have grown rather fond of the fruit just as it is. Low in cholesterol and sodium, durians are a good source of dietary fiber, thiamin, vitamin B6, manganese and vitamin C.

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  • Nutrition Info
  • Serving Size: 1 cup, chopped, 243g
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories: 357
  • Calories from fat: 117
  • Fat: 13g
  • Cholesterol: mg
  • Sodium: 5mg
  • Total Carbs: 65.8g
    • Fiber: 9.2g
    • Sugars: g
  • Protein: 3.5g
  • Vitamin A: 2%
  • Vitamin C: 80%
  • Calcium: 1%
  • Iron: 6%


Handling & Storage


Available frozen, sporadically throughout the year. Fresh fruit is usually produced from June to August in its native areas.

Also Known As

  • Stinky Fruit

Durians are highly perishable and lose eating quality in 5 or 6 days. Use as soon as possble and keep well wrapped to contain odor. The fruit may be frozen whole, and is often shipped that way from the producing countries.


  • Durio zibethinus.


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