Kitchen Tips

Know your Thai fruits

The exotic and colourful spread of fruits in Thailand entice you ceaselessly the minute you step foot in Thailand. The country’s fertile land and moderate temperature allows a wide variety fruits to flourish.

We bring to you the top 5 Thai fruits you should try if you haven’t yet already:

Mangosteen

Mangosteen is often called the Queen of Fruits due to its “cooling” properties and delicious taste. The husk of the mangosteen is a leathery purple shell which, when opened, reveals the soft, white, fragrant fruit which is both sweet and tangy. The fruit, its juice, rind, twig, and bark are all used as medicine.

Mangosteen

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Longan

This fruit, which translates to “Dragon Eye” is so named because it resembles an eyeball when its fruit is shelled. The fully ripened, freshly harvested shell is bark-like, thin, and firm, making the fruit easy to shell by squeezing the fruit out. To open, pinch the bottom of the fruit until the skin breaks, and then slowly coax the flesh out. This distant relative of the lychee some requires skill to eat but once mastered, you won’t be able to stop.

Longan

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Rambutan

Rambut means hair in IndoMalay and this fruit is a Table Tennis-ball sized red fruit covered in green Velcro fibres. Breaking open the skin reveals a fleshy translucent or whitish fruit containing a large seed. The fruit is sweet with a mildly acidic flavour and is easily canned and available throughout the world in a sweet syrup. When travelling in Thailand, look out for the yellow variety which is equally as delicious.

Rambutan

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Rose Apple

The Rose Apple/ Mountain Apple is very common in Thailand. Ranging from bright red to pink or green, the Rose Apple is bell shaped and similar in texture to an apple but sweeter. Most often eaten fresh but also nice mixed with shrimp in a spicy salad, this fruit is remarkably refreshing and juicy.

Rose Apple

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Pomelo

Pomelo is the largest citrus fruits and can weigh up to 2kg. The skin of the fruit is mostly greenish-yellow, it is thick and provides a good cover for the fruit inside. The colour of the sacs of the fruit can be either white, yellow, pink or red. Pomelo is normally eaten fresh by itself but it also used in spicy salads. It is also commonly sold nicely peeled and packaged by street hawkers as a quick refreshing snack.

Pomelo

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