The fruit is oval, like a football or rugby ball, with a spiny shell and contains many seeds. The tree is tall, reaching a height of 10 to 25 meters in its natural environment, the jungle. In Indonesia people call this fruit “duren” or “durian.”
Although not many farmers cultivate this fruit, it is not difficult to find.Many jungle regions in Indonesia grow different varieties of durian. People commonly cultivate this plant in a simple way. They cultivate durian on the sloping hills of the mountains or keep some trees growing around their home.
Fresh durian can be eaten when it is ripe or mixed with other materials for making special foods. The ripe fruit emits an especially fragrant odor. People can easily choose a ripe one just by smelling it. Today people also make ice cream, juice, and many other food variations from this fruit, and in some regions of Indonesia the flowers of the durian also can be cooked as a soup.
The durian is fully ripe from December through February andcan be easily purchased in markets for a price of only a few dollars.