Ari the Pie
by Hung Duong Food
A traditional Vietnamese delicacy that celebrates durian - the king of all fruits
They look like a hedgehog. And as you can only wait for them to ripe and drop on their own, many durian harvesters have reported being "attacked" by these large and spiky looking fruits.
Haters gonna hate, lovers gonna love.
Some says durian has a pleasantly sweet smell, others swear it smells like rotten onions. Whether an odour or fragrance, durian's smell is so potent that the raw fruit is banned in many hotels, public transport and public places in many cities around Southeast Asia.
Scientists have pinpointed 50 discrete compounds in the fruit responsible for the smell, and they have ranged from labels like fruity, skunky, metallic, rubbery, burnt, roasted onion, garlic, cheese and honey, to cooked beef, yeast extract, dried squids and leeks!
But once you start, you won't stop eating it!
Almonds. Hazelnut. Blue cheese. Caramel. Avocado. Custard. Or all of the above in a bite.
“Yes, I freely admit that when ripe it can smell like a dead animal. Yes, the fruit is difficult to handle, bearing likeness to a medieval weapon. But get down to the pale yellow, creamy flesh, and you’ll experience overtones of hazelnut, apricot, caramelized banana and egg custard. That’s my attempt at describing durian. But words fail; there is no other fruit like it.” —Thomas Fuller, New York Times Journalist
Eating durian is like eating sweet ice-cream that is good for your health
Nutritional Value: 9/10
(with no other single fruit scoring above 9)
Cholesterol free and one of the most nutritious fruit in the world, a cup of durian fruit pulp contains:
Vitamin B6: 38% of the DV
Niacin: 13% of the DV
Potassium: 30% of the DV
Folate: 22% of the DV
Magnesium: 18% of the DV
Manganese: 39% of the DV
Copper: 25% of the DV
Thiamine: 61% of the DV
Fat: 13 grams
Carbs: 66 grams
Fiber: 9 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Niacin: 13% of the DV
Vitamin C: 80% of the Daily Value (DV)
With all these goodness,
what durians may do to you are:
• Lowering the risk of heart disease. Several of the compounds found in durian is actually known for reducing cholesterol levels, lessening the risk of clogging your arteries.
• Lowering your blood sugar. Unlike other tropical fruits, durian has a pretty low glycemic index (GI), meaning that its tendency to spike your blood sugar level is low.
• Lowering cancer risk. Based on a test-tube study, the antioxidants present in durian extract prevented a strain of breast cancer cells from spreading. Antioxidants are also good for your body in general, providing many benefits.
• Fighting infection. Durian rind contains many compounds that have both anti-yeast and antibacterial properties, which can help ward off any infection.
About Ari the Pie
Durian Fruit + Mung Beans + Wheat flour + Candied Winter Melon
= Ari Durian Fruit Pie