Durian, the “King of Fruits,” is the most highly prized fruit in the world. The genus Durio is native to Southeast Asia with its centre of origin in Borneo. As a rainforest tree, it typically attains heights of 30 to 40 m and diameters of 2 to 2.5 m, but the cultivated varieties in an orchard, especially when grafted, grow no higher than 12 m. Durian has immense potential to be developed into viable fruit crop in the tropical areas of South India.
You will love durian or hate it, but you will never be indifferent to it. The smell can be extremely repulsive for some while irresistible for others. Interestingly, you will grow to love the experience of eating a durian with repetitive exposure. Some describe durian as the food of love, creating such levels of euphoria you may get “addicted” to it. However, there are no side effects to durian addiction other than bliss and happiness, and high nutrition.
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