Thailand is heaven on earth for fruit lovers with stores and vendors selling them everywhere. There’s a huge range of tropical fruits of all shapes and sizes available, so try these ones the next time you’re there! Perfect for a scorching hot sunny day!
Roughly the size of a large melon, jackfruit has a very thick skin and its yellow or orange flesh has a succulent sweet taste. The fruit is divided into multiple sections, each of which contains waxy textured meat surrounded by seeds. They aren’t easy to cut by yourself, so we recommend buying a ready-made pack at the market!
Mangosteens have been part of traditional medicine in various Asian countries for a long time. The hard purple shell can easily be peeled away to reveal the snow-white edible flesh on the inside that’s sweet and tangy. They are known as the queen of all fruits as they boast major health benefits such as helping to maintain healthy skin, manage weight and reduce the risk of cancer, inflammation, allergies, and diabetes.
If mangosteen is the queen, then durian is the king of all fruits. With a weight of 2 – 5 kg, durians have a greyish-brown skin and sweet golden yellow flesh on the inside. The smell of this fruit is so pungent that it is banned in many public establishments, making people either love or absolutely hate it. Be careful not to eat too much of it in the summer as it will increase your body’s internal temperature, making you sweat and feel hot very fast.
This colorful and unearthly looking fruit has a lovely soft flesh that has a texture similar to a kiwi or melon. Dragonfruit comes from a cactus plant and is typically eaten with a spoon. When ripe enough the skin can easily be torn open, otherwise slice it lengthways and squeeze the fruit out from its skin. The taste is a cross between a kiwi and pear.
‘Rambut’ means hair in Malay, which is what this fruit is covered with. The rambutan resembles lychee – but hairier. The shell is covered with soft yellow and red spikes. Peel away the shell to reveal a firm, white translucent flesh that is sweet and slightly acidic. Be careful not to bite down on the hard seed in the middle!
The longan is a sibling of the lychee and rambutan, but sweeter and not as juicy. It has a thin brown shell that cracks easily with a black pit inside. Make sure you only eat the translucent part. The easiest way to peel it is to make an incision with your thumbnail and tear away the rest of the skin. Bite off the pulp with your teeth and avoid the hard seed in the center.
7. Passion Fruit
Passion fruit has a wrinkled purple-brown skin enclosing flesh-covered seeds. It is more commonly sieved rather than eaten raw and is one of the most versatile Thai fruits as it can be used in many different ways, especially in drinks and desserts. Some popular desserts with passion fruit include panna cotta, ice cream, sorbet, and jelly.
8. Rose Apple
Available in green and red, a rose apple is shaped like a small pear and has a crunchy and juicy texture. They are also very low in sugar content but very filling, making them the ideal snack! Bite into one of these on a hot day to refresh yourself with the sweet taste! Make sure they’re not too overly ripe as the taste can be a bit acidic.
9. Custard Apple
As opposed to rose apples, custard apples are very soft and sweet. They are light green and about the size of a tennis ball. To eat them, divide the fruit into two with your hands and scoop out the soft white pulpy flesh with a spoon.
Pomelos are one of the most popular citrus fruits. They are similar to grapefruit but taste more sweet than bitter. Many traditional Thai dishes include pomelo as one of the main ingredients in savory dishes. Colors of the fruit range from pale yellow to orange to red.
Why not try a floating market tour to try and buy these delicious tropical fruits as you explore Thailand’s most well-known floating markets? You can also enjoy a longtail boat ride through the canals and enjoy various cultural shows.
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