The hibiscus, or mallow, family of trees includes the durian (Durio zibethinus), which is known for its huge edible fruit. The durian is a fruit that is grown in southern Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Although the durian has a somewhat sweet flavor, it also has a strong odor that has been compared to Limburger cheese; as a result, the fruit is sometimes prohibited from being transported on public transit. The custard-like pulp is utilized in a range of sweet and savory cuisines and is edible at different stages of maturity. If roasted, the seeds can also be consumed.
The tree has rectangular, tapering leaves that are rounded at the base, and its elder branches have yellowish-green blooms. The fruit has a spherical shape with a diameter of 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches). It has a thick, exterior husk, or shell, that is covered in stiff spines.
It has five oval compartments, each of which is filled with a pulpy material that is cream in color and contains one to five seeds the size of chestnuts. Numerous animals consume the mature fruits, which are a vital component of the local ecologies.