What Fruits Cannot Eat With Durian?

The durian fruit has been popular in Southeast Asia for centuries. However, in recent years, the fruit has developed a global reputation, thanks to its pungent aroma and interesting textures.

Consequently, many people across the world are now desperate to try this unique fruit. However, eating durian with certain foods can cause health problems.

What Fruits Cannot Eat With Durian?

Therefore, it is important to understand how to consume it safely before you try it.

That’s where we come in! If you’re curious about the durian fruit, take a look at the info-packed article below. We’ve listed all of the fruits that you shouldn’t consume with durian so that you can enjoy it safely! Check it out.

What Is Durian?

Durian is a type of tropical fruit that is very popular in Southeast Asia. In fact, it is known by the nickname ‘the king of fruits’ in this region.

It is a fruit that contains many more nutrients than others, however, it has become widely known for its pungent aroma.

Durian has a very distinctive appearance. It has a large and spiky outer shell and flesh that resembles the texture of custard.

There are several different varieties, so the color of the flesh may vary, though it is most commonly white or yellow.

How Is Durian Consumed?

This fruit is used in both savory and sweet dishes. The flesh and the seeds are edible, however, the latter need to be cooked before you eat them. The flavor of the flesh is particularly complex and interesting.

In fact, many people describe eating durian as like tasting almonds, garlic, cheese, and caramel at the same time.

Durian is most commonly made into juice, soup, desserts, and side dishes. It is also common for the seeds to be consumed after they’ve been roasted.

Fruits To Avoid Eating With Durians

Whilst the durian fruit is fairly versatile, there are some other fruits that you shouldn’t consume alongside it. In fact, consuming certain fruits with durian can cause severe discomfort.

What Fruits Cannot Eat With Durian?

Take a look at the fruits to avoid eating with durians below.


Both lychee and durian are often described as ‘heaty’. This term comes from Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine, and it describes something, in this case, a food, that is a warming, stimulating, or energizing effect.

As such, if you consume these two heaty foods together, it is likely that you will experience some discomfort. Specifically, you may experience a fever, a sore throat, or constipation – so it’s best to eat these fruits on different days!


There is a lot of conflicting information regarding whether you should consume mangosteen and durian together. In Malaysia, mangosteen and durian are often consumed together during their season.

In fact, the mangosteen is known as ‘The Queen Of Fruits’, so what better combination than these two?

However, it is thought that this combination isn’t suitable for all people. Specifically, it can be a dangerous combination for people with certain health conditions.

The two fruits are rich in sugar and cellulose. As such, they may cause problems for people with digestive problems (such as constipation and indigestion), and for people with hyperglycemia or diabetes.

They both also contain a large number of potassium ions. Whilst this isn’t usually a problem, excessive consumption of such foods by people with kidney or heart disease can cause severe discomfort.


Longan is a fruit that is closely related to lychee. Interestingly, when you consume these bite-sized fruits, you likely feel a refreshing and cooling sensation. However, the longan is another very heaty type of food.

In fact, because of their cool feel in the mouth and their size, people who eat longan often don’t realize that they have consumed too much. After doing so, it’s likely that you’ll wake up the next morning feeling very unwell.

As such, it is important that you never eat longan with durian. This combination can cause you to feel very ill. In fact, you could even get a nosebleed when eating them!

Unless you have a world-class metabolism, this combination is pretty dangerous.

Other Foods To Avoid Eating With Durian

In addition to the fruits described above, there are a number of other foods that you should avoid eating alongside durian. Check them out below to make sure that you are consuming this fruit safely.


Durians have a high sulfur content. Unfortunately, this can prevent the enzyme that helps to break down alcohol in the body from working as it should.

As such, if you consume alcohol and durian together, the effects of the alcohol are likely to be prolonged.

Additionally, it is very likely that you will experience severe heartburn and indigestion. Therefore, it is important that you don’t consume these two products close together. But… Why would you want to anyway?


Again, we find it unlikely that you’d want to consume milk and durian together. However, if the opportunity arises, we recommend that you steer clear of this combination.

It is thought that drinking milk with durian can increase blood pressure and cause severe headaches.


Unlike durian, crab is usually described as a cooling food, rather than a heaty food. But, don’t be fooled into thinking that this makes them a good combination.

In fact, it is likely that your digestive system will become confused and you will experience a lot of discomfort.

Beef Or Mutton

Finally, both beef and mutton are described as very heaty foods. Therefore, consuming durian with these meats could make the heating effect very pronounced. In fact, it could result in inflammation.


The durian fruit is a particularly unique fruit. However, it is important that you know how to consume it safely. We hope that this article has given you the information you need to enjoy this special fruit.

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