Durian and Jackfruit: useful properties, photos, reviews
The most popular fruits of foreigners in Thailand are durian and jackfruit.
We can immediately say that there are two groups of edak of these fruits: some of them adore them and are ready to eat every day, someone hates fiercely, for the aromas of which they can even cause an emetic reflex.
Durian («thu-ryan») is the local fruit king. The fruit is unusual, and tasty, and smelly at the same time. As ripening, the stinkiness of durian only increases. It is a conglomerate of caustic chemical odors with the addition of the smell of moldy onions and interspersed with the smell of turpentine. But only his spiked skin stinks like that, and the several slices of durian flesh located inside are sweet and juicy.
It is worth knowing that with durian bought on the market from 150 baht per 1 kg, you will not be allowed to go to public places, taxis, hotels. The reason is that its pungent smell is literally absorbed into all surrounding objects. You will have to clean it in the open air. Thais often sell durian in the form of peeled and packaged in containers and pialas. But, if you have a desire to enjoy the process of cleaning it yourself, then you need to choose the right fruit.
A soft durian can be spoiled inside, completely solid — still green, and slightly susceptible when pressed — it’s the most. From the first time durian very few people like it, it is one of those products that you need to get used to.
Durian has a number of useful properties:
- First, it is very nourishing, but it does not contain cholesterol.
- Secondly, the fruit restores the level of insulin that regulates blood sugar.
- Thirdly, durian has sulfur in its composition that promotes the formation of protein and the regulation of human hormones.
But at the same time, it is sulfur and indole (a substance possessing an antibacterial effect) that are the source of the unpleasant smell coming from the fruit.
Durian can be treated differently, but it leads among other fruits in the content of amino acids, vitamins, nutrients, fatty acids, antioxidants, organic sulfur. Durian is very popular in the male environment, Asians consider it indispensable for increasing potency. You can buy it all year round, but the most delicious fruits, from April to September.
be careful, Durian can increase blood pressure, especially when mixed with alcohol. Do not abuse, everything is good in moderation.
A jackfruit (“kha-nun”) is a breadfruit that reaches 30 kilograms of weight. View the photo to better present its description. The jackfruit has a pear-shaped form, completely covered with green thorns, in a mature form it is gray-brown and the thorns are less pronounced. Edible are the seeds of the fruit.
They have a sweet taste and are very nutritious. The internal partitions, fibrous tissue and skin of the jackfruit contain a lot of milky juice. It is characterized by pronounced properties of stickiness and viscosity. It sticks to everything, it can only be washed with oil. Our tourists, risking to buy a whole fruit, cut it in clothes and gloves that will not be a pity to be thrown away.
Useful properties of this high-calorie fruit:
- Saturation with vitamins A, B, C and trace elements;
- Magnesium and folic acid strengthen the walls of blood vessels and help lower blood pressure.
It is worth knowing that the ripeness of the fruit is determined by the smell (rotten onions). Most often the jackfruit is sold already peeled and packaged in a bowl. Price ranges from 80 baht per kilogram.