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Bombaceae Durio zibethinus L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The durian is a fruit native to Southeast Asia, where it is important in native diets, but has been little planted in other tropical areas. The tree is large and strictly tropical, with leathery leaves 6 to 7 inches long. Fruits are large, up to 5 pounds or more, with a hard rind covered with woody protuberances. The edible pulp has a strong reeking odor, but a rich, bland taste, much esteemed where the tree is native. Individual trees may have been planted in Hawaii and Puerto Rico, but are not known in continental United States.

Last update March 4, 1999 by ch