The Durian Tree

The term Durian Tree is a name which commonly refers to an evergreen plant (a tree that maintains its vegetation throughout the whole year) that is indigenous to Southeast Asia’s hot and humid forests, wherein it is grown for its stinky but delicious fruit. This local name is taken from the Malayan term for the fruit of the tree which is duryon.

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The durian tree grows to a height of 80 to 100 feet or 24 to 30 meters, nonetheless there are some cases wherein durian trees have reached a height of 150 feet or 45 meters. The leaves are usually 7 inches or 17.5 centimeters in length and has copper of silver colored scales located on the lower surface of the leaves. The trees flower are about 2 inches or 5 centimeters long and have pink, white or yellow petals that have a tendency to grow in clusters.

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The durian fruit is often considered as the world’s most hazardous fruit. It has a round shape and typically weighs around 6 to 8 pounds or 2.8 to 3.5 kilograms. It has a thick, hard and spiny yellowish or greenish rind. The fruit contains around one to four large or more seeds that can be eaten fried, broiled or roasted. The rest of the fruit is made up of custard like pulp or meat that has a rotten smell but relatively pleasant taste. The pulp is typically eaten fresh but can also be added to ice cream, cakes, candies and other food products. The fruit requires around 3 months to fully develop.

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