Simply Nahala

Writer. Photographer. Soul Traveler.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Durian Pudding

Durian is the fruit of several tree species native to Southeast Asia, also known as the "King of Fruits." I tried my first durian about a year ago after dreaming about it. I had the same dream about eating durian three nights in a row. During the day, my mouth was watering for a fruit I had never tried. My mom always told me that confirmations come in three's, so I knew I was destined to eat durian.

Shortly after the dreams, I traveled to Portland, Oregon and stopped at my favorite Asian store, UwajimayaIt was here that I purchased two large durians. I was so excited! My dreams were about to become reality. While in the check out line however, the cashier tried to discourage me from buying them. "Have you ever tried durian before?" she asked. "No, but I really want to try it." I replied. " Maybe you should just buy one," she persisted. I ended up buying two durians and thanked her for the caveat.

When we arrived at our hotel, I cracked one open with a knife, and the most putrid smell permeated the room. Honestly, I'm surprised someone didn't complain about the strange smell wafting out from underneath our door. The smell is that pungent! Matter of fact, the fruit has been banished from certain hotels and public transportation in Southeast Asia due to the distinctive odor. Many find the aroma unpleasant even revolting. I think it smells like dirty athlete's foot socks or sulfur. Regardless of the smell, I still wanted to try the fleshy lemon colored fruit with a spiky exterior. It wasn't love at first bite. Although, it didn't taste as bad as it smelled.

I wanted to stay open to the experience so I continued to eat the fruit, especially after I had just purchased two of them! My family tried a sliver of the flesh, then refused to have anything to do with durian. When we returned home from our excursion to the city, I made durian pudding and ate it for breakfast the entire week. My body must have needed something in the fruit because I felt amazing! Energized and alive. I cannot think of any other food that affects me in such a profound and noticeable way.

I recently purchased another durian (previously frozen) and have been reaping the benefits once again. Mostly, I love the way it makes me feel. After eating it in the morning, I feel satiated and energetic for most of the day. There are different varieties of durian and from what I've heard, each one tastes different. I have tried the same variety both times and it tastes sweet and creamy, especially durian pudding.

Durian has unique health benefits as they're rich in nutrients. The fruit contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids, good fats, essential fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, and protein. Few fruits contain such a diverse nutritional profile as the durian.

Durian Pudding

Remove flesh from a fresh durian. Remove the seed pods. Place flesh in blender. If using frozen durian, defrost flesh then place in blender.
Add water or coconut water to desired consistency.
Add sea salt to taste.
Add 1tsp of vanilla.
Add the juice of half a lemon.
Blend. Adjust ingredients to taste.
Place pudding in a bowl and top with your favorite fruit!

Want an energy boost? Try durian!



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