A sunny country with a tropical climate is a Paradise for gourmets, because there are huge amounts of amazing fruits with a variety of tastes. In Thailand, you can try exotic delicacies and even to bring home in a suitcase some fruits you liked the most.
It is rightly called the king of exotic fruits. Prickly fruit can reach up to 8 pounds and grow on Koh Samui in Thailand. Many have heard not only of its exceptionally pleasant taste, but also the horrible smell. With these fruits you are not allowed in hotels and other establishments, they are prohibited in vehicles. There is a story that one day the durian was accidentally broken in the plane and this became a reason to stop using this airplane due to suffocating smell that was impossible to get rid of. Durian is very nutritious, rich in proteins and fats; also it is considered the strongest aphrodisiac. If you buy it in the store, it is better to buy it already peeled and no more than half because you could not eat more, and to leave it for later would be a serious test for olfaction.
Mango is the most favorite fruit of the indigenous Thais. Delicious sort of mango that grows on Samui is yellow-orange, juicy and sweet. This sort has a thin skin that is easy to clean. Thai people prefer more green fruits that they add to salads and snacks. The mango season starts in March and lasts till June, at this time the price is low and it’s hard to run into unripe fruit.
The fruit looks like a small green apple, and here the similarity ends. Unripe fruit is much more delicious and juicy than mature. Guava has a particular sweet-sour taste and contains five times more vitamin C than an orange. In addition, it speeds up metabolism, improves digestion and normalizes blood pressure. It is very useful for children and nursing mothers.
The fruit is dark purple in color with soft white slices inside. Tastes like a little peach, but only when it is ripe. Unripe fruit tastes as raw potatoes. Thai people start to collect this fruit in April, so not worth buying it before. Mangosteen is rich in vitamins and minerals, xanthones that stimulate the cancer cells destruction. The fruit is used in medicine and for cosmetic procedures.
Purple fruit with a juicy pulp is extremely popular in Eastern Asia, especially in Thailand. Here, the season for these fruits starts in May and lasts through August. Passionfruit is called this way because it is a powerful aphrodisiac. In addition to stimulating effects, the fruit helps remove toxins and uric acid from the body. When buying you should choose fruit with a rough skin, they are much sweeter.
This is the record holder in weight among fruits that grow on trees. Its weight can reach 30 kg. It is worth to buy already portioned fruit, because the peel contains latex, which can stain your hands. The taste of the fruit is sickly-sweet, a bit like melon and marmalade. Jackfruit is rich in vitamins and carbohydrates, and it contains up to 40% of starch, so if you’re watching your figure, you should take not much of this exotic fruit.
This fruit is recommended by all tourists, because its taste is really gentle and pleasant. Lychee fruit is bright red and has the seed inside. In the shops and markets of Thailand, the price for this fruit is quite low, harvest season lasts from May to August. Lychee is rich in vitamins, potassium, proteins. It helps to prevent the development of atherosclerosis.
It is not like the usual European fruit. The size of fruits resembles walnuts or cherry tomatoes. The skin is light brown, dense, but breaks easily when biting. The fruit is white, very sweet. Longan is sold by grapes, so there is a temptation to eat it without measure, but overeating this exotic fruit can lead to an increase in temperature. Before buying ask for a sample in order to not buy unripe fruit. The harvest season lasts from April to June.
Fruit has sweet flesh and red skin covered with hairs. It is also called woolly. The fruits contain calcium, vitamin C, phosphorus and even nicotinic acid. Helps to cleanse the body and positively affects the skin. The season begins in May and lasts until October.
Has a sweet-sour taste. When sliced, fruit resembles yellow stars. They are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B5 and C, contain iron, phosphorus, potassium, sodium.
Oval fruits that has seed like in persimmon. They also have similar tastes. The fruit has anti-inflammatory effects and promotes tissue regeneration.
Annona, or Sugar Apple
Has a honey flavor and just melts in your mouth. Fruits contain a lot of vitamin C and B group, calcium, amino acids. Despite the sweet taste and beneficial properties, the fruit can be dangerous, because its seeds are acute, and in case of contact with eyes can cause blindness.
Chompoo or Malabar Plum
The fruit is shaped like a pear, contains no seeds and it does not require cleaning. It is a great thirst quencher and because of its low calorie (25 cal per 100 grams) is great for people who are on a diet.
It belongs to the family of citrus and is very similar to oval orange, less in the size. You may eat this fruit with the skin, it is also sweet. Fruits contain lots of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. Kumquat enhances immunity, normalizes the intestinal tract and positively affects the nervous system, helping to cope with depression and stress.