Here’s an interesting bit of trivia for everyone: As I go about putting different fruits on the list of future nutrition facts articles, I usually go through and select ones that I either know of from personal experience or have otherwise heard of at some point in time. Today’s spotlighted fruit, the durian, is not a fruit I’d otherwise know about if not for the game Super Mario Sunshine where you’re tasked with kicking durians around in a few areas of the main hub world. Yes, it’s a strange connection, but now I want to know if there’s something to this fruit, so let’s take a look at the durian and find out together!
Durian Culture and History
Error. Page cannot be displayed. Please contact your service provider for more details. (19)Niccolo Da Conti gives us the first European reference to the fruits in his writings back in the 15th century when he travelled to Asia, though it wasn’t anything groundbreaking. The real useful writing would come from a German man named Georg Eberhard Rumphius as he gave the most detailed information for durians for nearly a century. So, yes, it really does seem like the western world was too lazy to really care about the durian until…actually I’m not sure they do even to this day.
The more I look into the durian, the more I like it. It is commonly known as “The King of the Fruits,” which is certainly an impressive title. Apparently because durians are very much loved by animals as well as humans, it suggests a sort of animalistic return to glory when we eat them, which is a theory I can stand behind once more. I’m just fascinated to learn that in much of the rest of the world, durians are as well-known as apples. Man we’re missing out!