Is Durian a fruit or a vegetable?

8 Jul

Have you ever heard of durian? It’s also known as jackfruit in some places…

Everywhere I have looked, they refer to durian as a fruit. A very stinky fruit at that… a fruit so stinky it has been sometimes banned from being carried in public transportation. Apparently is that stinky…

In the Food Network it is always presented as a challenge, because when you get past that stinky impression, apparently durian is a very sweet and delicious fruit used in many desserts. Cooks just need to get over the initial impression to be able to fully enjoy durian in all its glory.

Durian Collage

However in India, I was presented durian as a vegetable… huh?

They told me that durian, when unripe is considered in India as a vegetable and cooked in curries and sauces to be eaten as a vegetable. When fully ripe, apparently is when the distinctive odor develops, then it turns sweet and is considered a fruit.

cooked durian

This is an example of the ways we were offered durian during our latest Indian trip… I kinda liked it. I tried it at the last portion of the trip when I was already tired of eating foods so heavily seasoned with cumin. So it’s not fair to the durian that it was made with so much of what I don’t enjoy. But I am willing to give it another try.

Have you ever eaten durian? In a sweet or savory preparation?? Please share…



11 Responses to “Is Durian a fruit or a vegetable?”

  1. lucymfel July 8, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    What can you compare it to as something you might find in Puerto Rico?

    • KarmaFree Cooking July 8, 2013 at 11:02 am #

      In which way??? In appearance?? In taste??

      • lucy July 8, 2013 at 2:05 pm #


      • lucymfel July 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm #


  2. sangeetakhanna July 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    Durian and jackfruit are different. Though they both belong to the same family.

    • KarmaFree Cooking July 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      how so??? According to the research I did on the internet, which we know how reliable that can be sometimes, it seemed the two names were used interchangeably… Please educate us. Madelyn.

  3. alison July 8, 2013 at 11:52 pm #

    durain and jackfruit are definitely not the same fruit.

  4. iteun July 22, 2013 at 3:04 am #

    I’m sorry but this is not durian

  5. iteun July 22, 2013 at 3:09 am #

    you could try to search for tempoyak. In Indonesia durian use as gravy in cooking

  6. Tola January 17, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    This could mislead one. It is not durian but simply jack fruit. Pls wiki

    • KarmaFree Cooking January 21, 2014 at 11:36 am #

      I was told once that jackfruit and durian were different names for the same fruit/vegetable… maybe we need to do more research on that one. Thanks.

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