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Saturday in the Kitchen with Angela

Posted Jan 11 2009 5:44pm

By Angela Elliott

There are so many luscious unusual and sometimes striking fruit that we have yet to taste.

The one that comes to mind is DURIAN. Many people are afraid of Durian. Why? Quite simply, it is an acquired taste, because to some it tastes like garlic and onions, because of the high content of sulfur, BEAUTY MINERAL, and to others-it smells like a gas leak. If you can muster up the courage to try Durian, you will be so glad you did. It is as mentioned above, a BEAUTY food, and it is alkalizing to the body-another amazing benefit of Durian. I personally, love Durian!

Here’s the skinny on Durian and I certainly hope you give it a try!

Durian smells like, well, open it OUTSIDE and away from friends, but it tastes oh so amazing. The smell is probably to help locate the fruit since when it’s ripe, it will fall to the ground and because it is such a big fall, it can go deep under brush. Be careful if walking beneath one of these tall evergreen trees as it could do more than hurt if it fell on you! They are big and spiny. They are called the “king of fruits” in Asia where it’s not uncommon for a worker to use a full day’s pay for one of these!

Tropical fruit - Durian How to tell if it’s ripe: Choose a fruit that is light for it’s size and whose stem is big and solid. The sap coming from the fruit stem should be clear and sweet. When you shake it, you should hear the seed move and if you hit it with a stick, it should give a “thunk” hollow sound. It should have a strong smell. When you insert a knife, it should come out sticky. The rind will naturally split open from the bottom to the top exposing the fruit once ripe. Once open, if the casing around the custard is wrinkled and a darker yellow, you will be rewarded. That is a sign that the tree was more mature and you will have a sweeter fruit.

How to use it: The rind is thick and tough. It’s less smelly once you remove it from the skin. Surrounding a seed there are five sections of a luscious, rich, satiny, white to cream colored, custard-like pulp. They are sweet and buttery with a hint of vanilla. Once open, plan on finishing it because it will go bad quickly. Add it to a fruit salad with pineapple and coconut or make a smoothie of tropical fruit. Freeze it and later mash it for a Durian ice cream!

Nutrition: Highly nutritious and complete with protein, fat, minerals, carbohydrates, antioxidants, and vitamins. It is also said to be an aphrodisiac.

Tips: Use the husk as a cup and mix with water and drink to remove any lingering odor. Remove odor from hands and fingers by rinsing under the water with the husk.

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