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07

May
2019

Top 10 Tropical Fruits to Try When in Thailand

Posted By : Katie Monsell/ 299 0

One of Thailands highlights and attractions, is its abundance of juicy, fresh fruits! Due to their hot weather and perfect growing conditions, fruits can bloom and flourish in these tropical, naturals scenes.

They are just what you are looking for on a hot day, with many shake stalls and fresh fruit vendors on every corner.

When you are in Thailand, be sure to try these TOP 10 Tropical Fruits of Thailand:

1. Coconut

The king of the fruits has got to be… coconuts. Grown and harvested, here in the kindom, you can’t get fresher than that!

One of the most nutritious fruits in Thailand, coconuts are available all year round and are known well for their refreshing water.

Used in a lot of Thai dishes such as; Massaman curries and Tom Yam Soup, it is easily accessible to find either fresh, or the milk cartoons, in the shops and the supermarkets.

The meat can be mixed with coconut water or eaten separately. Coconut milk is made when the meat is grated and mixed with water. Coconut oil is also popular for frying food, for cosmetics, medicine, and even bio-fuel.

As well as tasting great, there are many health benefits to eating coconuts; such as; supporting the immune system health: it is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasite.

2. Mangosteen

Mangosteen has round, hard purple ball shaped shells, with a green top. However the inside is where all the tender goodness is!

You can easily open the shell with your fingers (however then can get a bit sticky) revealing a white, almost transparent flesh of sweetness, which sometimes has a soft seed, inside the 5-8 segments, which you can also eat.

In Thai they are called – Mang Kut – and considered to be the Queen of Fruits.

For sure, this is one of Phangan Explorers favorites.

3. Rambutan

Rambutan -- The Luxury Signature

Rambuttan, also another strange looking fruits, a small golf ball size, has velcro type hairs and when cracked open by squeezing it between your palms, reveals a seed covered with a white and translucent texture.

This one can get stuck in your teeth a little, when chewing off the flesh around the stone.

You eat the fruit by chewing off the white texture off the seed, giving you a sweet and cool flavor with a mildly acidic taste.

4. Pomelo

Pomelo -- The Luxury Signature

Looking like and tasting like a grapefruit, it is a little sweeter, but has that same refreshing taste.

Pomelo is called – Som-o -in Thai. The rind is thick and leathery and once opened, reveals several segments that are grouped together.

It can grow quite large and can be seen to be as large as a basketball!

Health benefits include: improving the digestive health (due to large amounts of fiber 6g), helps fight infections (1 pomelo provides 371% of Vitamin C!)

5. Durian

Durian -- The Luxury Signature

Definitely an ACQUIRED TASTE! You either love it or hate it.

Due to its unpleasant (putting it mildly) smell, it is actually banned in public places and hotels. You could be fined for eating this or taking it somewhere you shouldn’t!

However, for the obsessed, it is a delicacy and devoured once broken into its hard green spiky exterior.

However, Thais love the fruit’s smell and taste, which has a custard, creamy, smooth texture. Durian or known as “Turian” in Thailand, is a popular aphrodisiac as it has an uncanny ability to increase the body’s temperature.

6. Rose Apple

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Known as Chom-Poo in Thailand, Rose Apple resembles a small red apple but bell-shaped. It is similar in texture to apple but sweeter and most commonly eaten raw with salt or mixed in a spicy salad.

7. Lychee

Lychee -- The Luxury Signature

The Thais call this fruit “Lihjee” and it’s bright red and has the size of a golf ball, but instead of dimples on the latter, features pimples on the rind. It looks like a rambutan without the hairs or a plump and dry strawberry.
Once opened, it reveals a white texture that covers a single seed. Lychee is only available for a few months each year but are easily canned and made into a popular fruit shake flavor.

8. Banana

Banana -- The Luxury Signature

The most popular varieties of bananas in Thailand are the Gluay Hom and the Gluay Khai. They are available all year-round and are best eaten ripe. Fried banana and dried banana chips are popular afternoon snacks, and banana leaves are popular to use when wrapping fish or chicken for grilling.

9. Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit -- The Luxury Signature

Scary looking, but delicious inside. It has a purple/red exterior with green spiky leaves at the top, making it seem like an unusual dragon.

This interesting- looking fruit known as “Gao Mung Gorn” in Thailand is called The inside reveals a white or pink interior with black seeds. The flesh is soft and sweet.

10. Mango

Mango -- The Luxury Signature

Mango, especially in Thailand is so sweet and juicy, you’ll be wanting it daily! It is a staple in many Southeast Asian countries and 1kg is usually around 60-80thb.

Try the mango salad, where they use unripened mangos, which have a sour flavor that’s best eaten with salt or spices.

How many have you tried?!

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