Durian is the fruit of several species of trees (called Durio), native to Southeast Asia. The fruit is oblong to round in shape and has a distinctively strong smell and a thorny husk, with flesh that ranges from pale yellow to red. It is known as the King of fruits and the smell can be so overpowering, that some of them have a love-or-hate liking towards it. Durian contains high amounts of vitamin C, potassium, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. The flesh of the fruit can be consumed at various stages of ripeness. It is used to flavour a wide range of desserts, side-dishes and soups in Southeast Asian cuisines. The seeds of the Durian are also cooked and eaten.

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