Durian is fragrant, why does it smell bad

Unbeknownst to us, it’s the season of durian on the shelves again, and with the arrival of summer, the conflict of cohabitation induced by the smell will intensify. Those who love durian love it so much that it melts on the tongue with a texture softer than cream and a caramel flavor mixed with a variety of fruit flavors sweeter than ice cream. Those who hate durian, on the other hand, say they don’t understand it at all

Is durian fragrant or smelly?

It is said that when durian is nearing maturity on the tree, it emits a distinctive aroma that mixes oniony and lightly fruity flavors. The orchards where durian is grown actually smell fresh and fragrant.

The somewhat offensive “durian stench” that we smell is actually the result of volatile esters mixed with sulfur compounds during the transportation and storage of durian. The result.

Why are some durians not good?

How good a durian is is also related to when it was picked.

Durian is a typical “respiratory leap” fruit, which means that when it reaches a certain stage of growth, its ethylene production rate and respiration speed up rapidly.

So once picked late, easy to smell, easy to rot, and picked early is not fully mature, sugar accumulation is not enough, the flesh texture is hard, so people feel “taste like chewing wax”.

When storage and logistics conditions were backward, many durians were picked too early and not sufficiently ripened before being sold, which can also affect the taste, considering the transportation time.

3 Tips to get good durian

So the question is, what is the best way to tell if the durian is good or not?

First of all, once the durian starts to breathe, it loses water relatively quickly, and a durian is only good for a few days, so it’s best to choose a seller with quality control and experience in handling tropical fruits.

① If you are buying peeled durian pulp, usually the mature pulp will be darker in color and softer in texture, such durian pulp has a high soluble sugar content and will taste sweeter.

However, it is important to note that in a high temperature environment, film-wrapped durian flesh deteriorates quickly, with the flesh starting to soften in 24 hours at 28°C and becoming sour after 2 days. It is also important to check if the durian shows signs of spoilage when buying.

② If you buy a whole durian, the spines of the shell of a mature durian will be brownish and the spines will be softer. There will be a gap between the flesh and the shell, and a hollow sound can be heard when the shell is struck.

But this kind of durian, buy it and eat it immediately, if you want to put it for a few days and then eat it, you may want to pick the opposite way, buy the durian home in the bag smothered until the above mentioned color. There is another way to choose a durian that has been “flash frozen”. The durian is picked and frozen when it’s ripe enough to retain its fresh aroma and taste to a greater extent. (This is what many e-commerce companies have been selling for the past two years)

In addition, freeze-dried durian is also a good teething snack, “freeze-dried” treatment for vitamin C (19.7mg/100g), vitamin B, manganese, magnesium ( 30mg/100g), potassium (436mg/100g), these nutrients are better preserved, well, the sugar is also quite a lot.

But no matter which form of durian you buy, you should be careful not to eat too much, for the following reasons

1 durian ≈ two and a half bowls of white rice

Durian is one of the best fruits in terms of sugar and fat content. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 100g of durian contains 5.33g of fat and 27g of carbohydrate compounds, with 147kcal of calories.

A common variety of durian has about 600g of flesh in one durian, so if you eat it all, you’ll get 880kcal, which contains 163g of sugar and over 30g of fat.

That’s about the equivalent of two and a half bowls of white rice, or one and a half hamburgers, or a medium blizzard of ice cream filled with chocolate and cream ……

Is durian a big sugar boost?

Some people may find durian more dangerous. (More than just a costly danger …..) Putting aside the various unfounded legends, as far as I can analyze, on the one hand, because some of them may be allergic to durian, and these people should definitely be careful. But beyond that, it’s the blood sugar reaction that comes from eating durian.

The glycemic index of durian is not particularly high because it is rich in fat and dietary fiber. But the problem is that the 27% sugar content of durian is more than three times that of many fruits (such as watermelon), and once you eat too much of it, the increase in blood sugar is still quite significant.

In addition to being dangerous for diabetics, elevated blood sugar can also increase oil production in the skin, bringing the risk of acne. In addition to more calories, the other nutrients in durian are not outstanding among the vegetables and fruits, so it’s not a big problem if you don’t eat it.

With the same calorie quota, it is advisable to diversify your diet and eat a little bit of each type of food rather than holding on to a durian.

How much durian is the best amount to eat per day?

Our regular recommended fruit intake is 200-350g per day, but considering that durian has almost three times as many calories as regular fruit, it’s not appropriate to look at durian in the same way as regular fruit. Facing durian with the mindset of eating sweets may be a better option. Considering the amount of sugar it contains, it is best to limit it to 200g per day.

Reference: (Updated May 28, 2021)

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