Durian – Stinky but Nutritious: Weird Food Facts

Durian, Durian – Stinky but Nutritious: Weird Food Facts, The Travel Bug Bite

Durian is not a fruit that too many people grow up eating. Growing up in Europe, I was blissfully unaware of this bizarre-looking and atrociously stinky fruit. It wasn’t until my Singaporean friend chose durian as a topic for our annual speech contest at school that I ever heard of durians. Ever since she described its grotesque odor, impressive size and surprising benefits, I was obsessed with trying it! I finally got my chance to not only try durian, but eat it regularly during the two years that I spent living in Asia.

“Durian popular in Southeast Asia, where it’s nicknamed ‘the king of fruits.’ Durian is very high in nutrients, containing more than most other fruits.”


It is not that uncommon to enjoy foods that stink. Cheese, fish and ginko fruit (you can roast the seeds and eat them if you survive the funk) are just a few examples. But durian has a unique kind of smell that is hard to cover up. Countries where durian is popular will often have ‘no durian’ signs in public enclosed places such as taxis, public transportation and airports. It makes sense, since even if you enjoy the fruit, no one can stand the smell.

Cats Hate Durian

Cats are strange creatures that often do things that make no sense. Throwing a slice of cheese on their face will literally cause a software error, sneaking a cucumber behind them will make them jump hilariously, and durian makes them literally gag.


Durian is known as the ‘king of fruit’ because it is more nutritious than other fruits. It contains so much good stuff but it also has a lot of calories. Durian is naturally rich in potassium, dietary fibre, iron, vitamin C, and vitamin B complex. Durian can improve muscle strength and blood pressure, bowel movements and skin health. It also supports the nervous and immune systems, and enhances red blood cell formation.​

“Because of their high carbohydrate content, durians can help replenish low energy levels quickly (in healthy individuals). The fruit’s high potassium content can also help reduce fatigue and relieve mental stress and anxiety.”


Myth: Drinking Beer & Eating Durian Will Kill You

There is a strange myth floating around about how drinking beer while eating durian will kill you. I had never heard of this and have in fact combined the two. If anything, this combination will cause bloating and it’s tough on the liver because of the high amount of sugar in both the fruit and the beer.

Unfortunately, this is not the only myth out there. The king of fruit is not only safe to pair with beer but it also isn’t an aphrodisiac. Turns out that someone, somewhere claims that eating this fruit will boost your libido. While it has healthy properties, there is no evidence that it will help you in the bedroom. In fact, if only one of you consumes durian, it may ruin the moment cause no amount of gum-chewing or mouth wash will cover up the smell.

Fun fact: I ate durian for breakfast and security-check people at the airport could smell it on me five hours later and mocked me incessantly.


The king of fruits is an acquired taste. It can be confused with the jackfruit but the two are very different. Although it’s not that popular in the USA or Europe, you can still find it at Asian markets. Prepare to pay a pretty penny, as getting it imported from Asia is no joke. I even saw street vendors selling it in Chinatown NYC. I was tempted but didn’t buy it because it cost about $20 for a tiny amount. It wasn’t particularly cheap in Shanghai either, but it was quite affordable in both Singapore and Bali.

Bonus Jewelry

You can enjoy the fruit without the stench! Kind of… check out these durian earrings on Everyfelt. They are cute, lightweight and I promise they do. not. smell.

Durian, Durian – Stinky but Nutritious: Weird Food Facts, The Travel Bug Bite

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Durian, Durian – Stinky but Nutritious: Weird Food Facts, The Travel Bug Bite

Durian, Durian – Stinky but Nutritious: Weird Food Facts, The Travel Bug Bite

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