Durian is actually best eaten for breakfast. It’s more popularly eaten as either a dinner meal or dessert, but this has more to do with supply and transportation issues than with when it’s best to eat it.
Nearly 80% of durians fall during the night, meaning that most varieties (not all!) are ripened to perfection sometime in the cool hours of the early morning, before the tropical heat has begun to produce those fetid odors for which the fruit is so famous. A fresh durian smells more like grass and caramel than like skunks in an onion patch. That said, durian makes the perfect breakfast whether eaten plain or incorporated into a more traditional breakfast menu.
Durian Jam on Toast
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Sweet and fatty, durian is jelly and butter rolled into one! It’s perfect either used fresh as a spread or cooked and sweetened into a thick jam.
Donuts and Homer Simpson are forever firmly linked in my mind. I sincerely wish the Simpsons had made a durian episode before the animated television series started sliding to the not-funny side. Just imagine the fun Bart could have had with the stinky fruit! At any rate, I’m sure Homer would have enjoyed these durian donuts by the Big Apple Company in Malaysia (NOT based in NYC). You can make them yourselves here.
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cupcakes. They’re a little less sweet, don’t have frosting, and tend to
have some kind of fruit or nut in them so we can feel we’re kicking off
our day with something healthy. Recipe here.
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Classy and simple, parfaits are great for breakfast or dessert. And durian is the perfect non-dairy substitute for whipped cream or yoghurt. Simply layer your durian cream with other fresh tropical fruits in a clear fancy-shmancy glass for a beautiful breakfast. Add granola, chocolate sauce, or even cake crumbles for a heavier meal. If you wish, you may follow food-combining rules. Durian is considered a sweet fruit and is said to digest best when mixed with other dense or very sweet fruits like jackfruit, dates, bananas, papayas. However, my opinion is that food combining is bunk and you should enjoy your durian with anything you please.