11/28/2013

Sri Lanka to commercially cultivate durian

Sri Lanka Ministry of Agriculture has taken steps to commercially cultivate popular fruit durian. Many people like this exotic fruit but some say they can't bear the smell.

Durian, Durio Zibethius Murray, is a expensive fruit in Sri Lanka which has demand in export market. However, Thailand, West Malaysia and Indonesia are considered the major Durian growing countries.

The fruit is believed to have aphrodisiac properties; contains a high amount of sulpher, hence causing a sharp smell. It is mainly grown in Kandy, Matale , Kalutara and Kegalle districts. Durian is mostly naturally grown and cultivated in home gardens.

The Ministry of Agriculture has taken steps to establish a Durian village in Minuwangoda Divisional Secretariat in Gampaha district. Durian will be grown in 30 acres there. The Ministry has introduced a developed variety of durian which bears fruit in a short span of time.

Nutritive Values of Durian (Source: Ministry of Agriculture)
(per 100g edible portion)

Energy 183.0 k cal
Protein 2.8 g
Fat 3.9 g
Carbohydrates 34.1 g
Calcium 10.0 mg
Phosphorus 50.0 mg
Iron 1.0 mg
Carotene  12.0 ug

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