Durian, with its somewhat thorny appearance, is best known for its strong, pungent smell, so strong that fresh fruit consumption is often banned in public places and on public transport. Externally, however, durian resembles a large chestnut and has a pleasant taste. In addition, durian also hides many beneficial properties. But what exactly is it? Let’s take a closer look at this much talked about fruit!
Tropical durian as a strong-smelling superfood – what exactly is it?
Durian is the fruit of the Asian durian tree, a member of the Durionaceae family, which is known the world over primarily for its scent. Although at first glance the strong smell of the fresh fruit may seem off-putting, this tropical fruit is not to be feared. It’s a truly powerful fruit to add to your menu. In Asia, durian is known as the ‘King of Fruits’. Despite its strong smell, durian is well deserving of such a proud title, being rich in fibre as well as vitamins and minerals. Among other things, this tropical fruit is rich in vitamins B and C, as well as manganese, potassium and folate, providing a health boost. Durian also has a pleasant tropical taste. It can be found growing mainly in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. As the durian tree likes a more humid growing environment, it can also thrive successfully on riverbanks.
But what is durian powder and how is it made?
Durian powder is a uniquely flavoured and aromatic powder ground from tropical durian, perfect for adding a tropical touch to your smoothie. To make the powder, fresh durian is first freeze-dried and then ground into a powder for easy and convenient use. However, because the freeze-drying process takes place at a very low temperature, all the beneficial nutrients are nicely preserved in the durian powder, providing the same values as fresh fruit. This allows you to enjoy the powerful properties and tropical taste of durian wherever you are, all year round.
What makes durian so beneficial?
In addition to its unrivalled taste, durian also surprises with its healing properties, boosting health and providing relief from many health issues. Durian can help with digestive problems as well as with blood sugar imbalances, keeping your blood sugar level balanced thanks to its rich manganese content.
In addition, durian can come to rescue in case of:
in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. The organic sulphur in durian helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease;
high blood pressure. The potassium in durian helps lower blood pressure;
anaemia. The rich folate content of durian helps in this regard;
anxiety and depression. Durian acts as a natural antidepressant.
How to use durian powder?
Freeze-dried durian powder is a great way to make tropical smoothies as well as flavouring desserts and healthy raw cakes. You can also sprinkle durian powder on your breakfast porridge or mix it with yoghurt or muesli – just let your imagination run wild! If you’re a fan of ice cream, you can also add durian powder into banana ice cream for a tropical treat that’s also nutritious.
Try out this tropical raw vegan banana ice cream with durian powder:
For ice cream you need:
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1-2 tsp Centralsun’s freeze-dried durian powder
- food processor or a powerful blender
- a little bit of plant milk, water or coconut water (depending on the texture you want your ice cream to have)
- coconut chips (for serving, optional)
Do the following: Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until a silky texture is formed. Garnish with coconut chips and serve immediately!
Where can I buy durian powder?
You can now find freeze-dried durian powder in Centralsun’s range of freeze-dried powders. The durian powder in our online shop contains only 100% natural and pure fruit, is gluten-free and additive-free. Naturally free of added sugars and GMOs, it is also suitable for vegans. We make sure that every product in our online shop is always wholesome, so that we can offer you only the best quality you can really trust.
Get the tropical durian powder conveniently HERE and try it for yourself!