Durian aroma and appetizing taste thus making it

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Durian (Durio zibethinus) is a Southeast Asian tropical fruit that is known
for its distinct and unique odor, sulfury aroma and appetizing taste thus
making it the “King of Tropical Fruits”. This fruit can grow as large as 12
inches long and 6 inches in diameter and typically weighs up to two to seven
pounds. Depending on the species, it can be round or oval, its husk is green to
brown and its flesh is pale yellow to red. Many locales compare this fruit to a
perfume with a very strong smell, while the foreigners coined the saying
“smells like hell and tastes like heaven.” After all the smell is not that
appealing for everyone but rather irritating to some who are not used to it,
describing it as “turpentine and onions garnished with gym sock, but upon
tasting the insides of durian you’ll surely regret the feeling of disgust upon
smelling the outer side. The famed naturalist Alfred Russel once remarked on
durian: “the more you eat of it, the less you feel inclined to stop” and it is
indeed true for the fact that many individuals really enjoy eating durian and
chooses it as their favorite fruit. It represents the third plant genus in the
Malvales order and first in the Helicteroideae subfamily.

According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, “Durian
is extensively growing in tropical regions, like Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia,
and the Philippines as major producers. The tree also grows in northern
Australia, some South American countries, and Africa.” This fruit is not only an
edible fruit, it is also used as a natural supplement in health diets.

the other tropical fruits such as watermelon, banana and jackfruit, durian is
rich in energy, vitamins and minerals offering us water, protein,
phytonutrients and beneficial fats, while very low in cholesterol and sodium. A
balanced intake of durian is said to positively improve digestion,
cardiovascular health, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, and anemia. Durian, a
great source of magnesium, potassium, manganese, and copper, is very helpful in
enhancing bone health; also, its antioxidant properties is a good way to
regulate aging. A study conducted as described in a European Journal of
Integrative Medicine done in 2011 in rats concluded that at different stages of
ripening, a durian can constitute a level of excellence as a source of
effective natural compounds with antioxidants and health-protective activity in
general, as a proof polyphenols and flavonoids were found with significantly
higher percentage in overripe varieties. While most of the said health benefits
mostly relies mostly in its flesh as a source, studies also see the ability of
its shell to contain healing properties when processed into an extract. As
described by A Journal of Southern Medical University in 2010, durian shell
extract could serve as an excellent source of natural alternative to drugs like
acetaminophen and penicillin.

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2000 years ago, nearly two million metric tons of fuel wood  and charcoal are consumed daily in the
developing countries, about one kilogram each day for every man, woman, and
child. Some of the woods are converted into charcoal but most is burned
directly. Although the energy obtained represents only about 10% of the energy
consumed worldwide, nearly half of the world’s people absolutely depend on it
to cook their food, heat their homes and water, and produce marketable goods.
Fuel wood and charcoal derived from wood, along with animal dung and
agricultural residues provide over half of the total energy consumed in some
60-70 developing nations. This fuel supplies as much as 95% of the domestic
energy in these countries, as well as making a significant contribution to
commercial and industrial needs. Davao city is known for its agricultural
resources particularly durian. The demand of durian among locals and tourist is
such that the city is left with trucks of durian wastes. One remedy to this
problem is the establishment of a community-based project involving charcoal
production out of durian wastes. Charcoal production is not only a timely
practical project for people living in Davao, but it is also a push for

Most of us know that the Philippines is
one of the underprivileged countries in this world. But most of Filipinos use
expensive technology like gas stove and electric stove for cooking. And most of
us know that using technology have disadvantages to our lives. “Exposure in gas
can lead to intolerance and adverse reactions both to it and other substances
in our environment.”(Malouf and Wimberly, 2011).

To lessen these cases, the researchers, are
also interested in a certain property of the durian’s shell, though it’s a
little bit of a simpler one – it’s capability of being an alternative source of
charcoal. In the Philippines, a country with a still developing economy, using
charcoal for cooking is something that is not new to everyone, it still quite
an active industry despite the blossoming of the Petrol gas technology.

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