With different countries comprising Southeast Asia, it is expected that the culture and traditions here is very diverse. While that may be correct, one thing also rings true despite its diversity – this region is one of the top exporters of various fruits around the world. The area’s arid region is perfect for growing many kinds of crops, fruits and vegetables, and durian, is one of the standouts.
For those who don’t know, durian is a very popular tropical fruit widely grown in Southeast Asian countries and known for its distinct smell and taste. Depending on its type, its smell can range from pleasant sweet to unpleasant odor.
Durian is dubbed as the king of fruits in Southeast Asia for many reasons. First, the unique spikes that enclose the soft and edible flesh represent its crown-like structure. Second, the exotic taste of the fruit is indeed memorable for those who have tasted it, both humans and animals. In fact, jungle cats specifically seek durian as its food. Third, in some regions of the continent like in Indonesia, many legends and tales have divulged durian as a superior fruit among others.
Durian can be eaten directly as a fruit, and like most fruits, can be served as a dish, dessert and drinks. Durian treats such as cakes, ice cream, candies, shakes and many more are very popular among those who are durian aficionados.
In terms of nutritional facts, durian is also ‘king’, as the fruit has numerous health benefits. Durian, like other tropical fruits such as banana, is high in minerals and vitamins, such as the vitamins C, B5, B-6 and B-1. Also, as a soft fruit, durian is high in dietary fiber which is great for your gut health.
Being grown in many parts in Southeast Asia, durian has many varieties depending on where it’s grown and cultivated. Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia have their own varieties of the fruit and each variety differs in terms of taste and smell.
In our country, durians are widely cultivated in Davao, and is sold locally and internationally. Almost everywhere you go, durian is sold once you’re here, with street vendors and private markets both selling them. It’s every local and tourist’s favorite go-to fruit snack. Although durians are grown all overthe country, it is disputed that Davao’s durians are the best.
How to Get to Davao:
BY PLANE: Davao has its own airport, the Francisco Bangoy International Airport or also known as the Davao International Airport. Aside from being the main gateway to Mindanao, this airport is connected to many international airports so flying to Davao is a good option for tourists outside the Philippines.
BY PUV: Davao has lots of mode of transportation for you to get around the city. Buses, jeepneys, tricycles, taxis or car rentals are readily available, and with the help of GPS, Google Maps or any navigating apps, Davao could be familiarized in no time. Asking the locals for directions and popular spots can be a great option too.