What Does Durian Taste Like?

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Thinking about trying durian? We’re answering your biggest questions about this fruit so you know what it looks like, what it will taste like, how the texture will be, and what to do with it once you make it home with your first durian.

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What Does Durian Taste Like? 

This is a question that has many different answers. Durian is a complicated fruit. It smells strongly oniony, yet to some, it tastes sweet and tropical, pineappley and similar to jackfruit. Other taste-testers say durian is like green onions, garlic and vanilla ice cream.

Are you confused? So are the people who first try durian. It’s an experience, to say the least, and it seems that it quickly grows on you, if you can hold your nose while you cut it open as it can be rather smelly.

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Durian Texture 

The flesh of the durian fruit is very moist and incredibly creamy. It’s actually very much like custard, which is not something you would typically expect from a fruit.

Really ripe durians are the ones that will be most like custard while less ripe durians can be drier and firmer. The ripest fruits are excellent in smoothies and raw desserts.

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Does Durian Taste Good? 

This is another question with varying answers. You might imagine that it wouldn’t taste good with all those flavors that sound diametrically opposed, but this fruit ranks high on many lists of delicious fruits.

The biggest thing about the taste of durian is that it usually takes some getting used to. You may even need to try it a couple of times, but if you find that it’s not for you, don’t worry. There are plenty of fruits out there to love.

What Does Durian Look Like? 

This is one cool-looking fruit. It does look something like jackfruit in that it’s large and covered with spines. As a result, these Southeast Asian fruits are often confused with each other.

The thick rind of the durian is a light greenish color, and inside is an orange to yellow flesh (the part that you eat) that looks like sectioned pods. It’s definitely a fun fruit.

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Durian Serving Tips 

How would you serve Durian fruit? You can eat it out of the husk, add it to smoothies, or…make raw vegan ice cream. Check it out.

Durian is so rich that it can easily replace vegan cream in an ice cream recipe. This video will show you how to make vanilla or chocolate.

The ingredients are simple:

  • A whole durian
  • Cashews
  • Agave syrup
  • Coconut butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Cacao powder (if you want chocolate ice cream)

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Wrap Up 

This unique fruit may take some getting used to as it tastes like vanilla cream, green onions, tropical fruit and even pungent garlic all at the same time. It’s known to be a very stinky fruit, so hold your nose! But don’t worry. Lots of people love durian, and the custard-like texture is out of this world. Try it in a raw vegan ice cream and you just might be a convert.Did you know that jackfruit is a cousin of the Durian? You can check out Where to Buy Jackfruit if you wanna try them.

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