Durians are available practically year-round these days, although the best time to tuck into the King of Fruit is right about now
There are many ways to enjoy durian, the King of Fruit
Its smell has been likened to that of rotten onion, while its flesh is like a rich custard scented with almonds. The durian is probably the only fruit in the world that conjures up so many contradictory reactions.
Varieties of durian such as Mao Shan
Wang and D24 are in peak season from June to September. With this year’s crop being particularly abundant, durian novelties have captured Singaporeans’ attention. Think McDonald’s Durian McFlurry, Old Chang Kee’s durian curry puff, Hi Tea’s durian tea and Phoenix Lava’s durian lava bun. Oh, and there’s the Thorny Temptations buffet at Lime Restaurant, which runs from now till August 26. The dinner spread features a medley of sweet and savoury dishes infused with durians, from baked durian nasi lemak and durian wild rice salad to durian salted egg popcorn chicken. Clearly, we just can’t get enough of durians.
The king of fruit is naturally rich in nutrients such dietary fibre, potassium, copper, iron and Vitamin C, but it is dense in energy and calories too, so keep it at two seeds a day if you are watching your weight or are diabetic. Mission impossible? You bet!