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durian,the highly esteemed, edible fruit of Durio zibethinus. The edible portions are the seeds found inside the large spiny fruits, which may weigh several pounds. The durian, although notoriously pungently malodorous (a mildly scented variety has been developed), has an aril (an extra seedcovering) that tastes like a combination of banana, caramel, and vanilla, with a slight onion tang. The seeds may be eaten raw, roasted or canned. The durian is an important cash crop in Indomalesia, particularly as an exotic export to Europe and North America. Durian is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
..... Click the link for more information. , class Magnoliopsida, order Malvales, family Bombacaceae.
(Durio zibethinus), a tall (reaching 45 m) evergreen fruit tree of the family Bombacaceae. The leaves are leathery and oblong and have smooth margins. The flowers are bisexual and gathered into corymbs. The fruits are large (up to 3 kg), oval or spheroid, covered with hard spines, and five-celled, with several seeds in each chamber. The seeds are large and embedded in a juicy tissue that is an outgrowth of the wall of the pericarp. Durian grows wild in the forests of Borneo, Sumatra, and the Malay Peninsula. The trees are cultivated in Southeast Asia and southern India. The pulp of the fruits with its peculiar garlic odor is used as food.