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19 delicious fruits in Thailand
Thailand is not just a paradise for beaches and islands! Thailand is also a true fruit paradise and offers a large selection of delicious tropical fruits.
19 fruits you should definitely try in Thailand
In this article we would like to introduce you to 19 delicious fruits that you should try in Thailand. Some of them are popular, some are very controversial and more a matter of taste. The best example of this is certainly the “stinky fruit” durian. So here are 19 delicious fruits in Thailand.
1. Mango (Mamuang, มะม่วง)
The mango is clearly one of the most popular and well-known fruits in Thailand. A ripe mango is incredibly sweet and juicy. It's so soft and tender that it almost melts in your mouth. The mango is also the main ingredient of the delicious dessert Mango sticky rice (Khao Niao Mamuang). In addition to the fruit, you should definitely try a mango fruit shake in Thailand. It is definitely one of my personal favorite fruits.
They are very popular among locals too unripe mangoesthat are cut into strips. Together with a sauce or a chilli-sugar dip, these are Snacks very popular because they combine many extreme tastes. The sour taste of the mango is of course dominant here. Unripe mangoes are often still green on the outside, but this does not always have to be the case. Even a ripe and sweet Thai mango can still be green on the outside.
2. Pineapple (Sapparot, สับปะรด)
Everyone knows pineapples and you can find them everywhere in Thailand. No matter whether it is cut into small pieces by the street vendor, in a salad, fruit shake or even in curries (e.g. in some Gaeng Som Variants) or other Thai dishes, such as Sweet and Sour.
If you've always wondered where pineapples come from or how they grow - here is the answer
3. Watermelon (Taeng Mo, แตงโม)
Of course there are watermelons in Thailand too. Don't be surprised at the shape - often they have one elongated shape and are not completely round, as you may know from German supermarkets. Some varieties are even yellow on the inside, but taste at least as good as the red ones.
4. Papaya (Malakor, มะละกอ)
The papaya is probably one of the most popular fruits in Thailand - and not necessarily because the fruit is so soft, sweet and juicy. The papaya is the main ingredient of the popular one Papaya salad (Som Tam). However, an unripe papaya is used, which is still slightly green on the inside instead of orange and also has a much harder consistency.
You should definitely try a (ripe) papaya. They are very tasty and ideally as soft as butter and sweet. You can buy them in markets and supermarkets. The street fruit sellers also offer papayas cut into small pieces.
You can find more information about Som Tam in our article about Isaan food.
5. Coconut (Maprau, มะพร้าว)
What would a tropical country be without coconuts? The coconut is a symbol for paradisiacal islands and beaches and is of course also a part of Thailand! The south of the country in particular is full of coconut forests as well as plantations and islands such as Koh Samui or Koh Phangan are full of them.
Coconuts and their juice are healthy and provide important substances for the body. A whole coconut usually costs between 20 and 40 baht in Thailand, depending on the location and quality. You can even expect more in restaurants.
A very tasty, if not necessarily well-known, type of coconut is this roasted coconut (in Thai Maprau Pau called). As the name suggests, normal coconuts are burned or roasted and then processed again. You can see what that looks like here on YouTube. The taste of the juice is enhanced by it even more intense. The pulp can also be easily separated from the shell, so that you don't have to laboriously scrape it off as you would with a normal coconut. A little insider tip if you are into coconuts!
6. Banana (Gluay, กล้วย)
Everyone knows what a banana looks like. They don't look much different in Thailand either. With the difference that they significantly smaller and it can also happen that there are still seeds in the fruit. On the other hand, in my opinion, they taste better and more natural than the "perfect" bananas available in German supermarkets.
7. Durian (Turien, ทุเรียน)
The "King of Fruits", as durian is also often called. Durian is more than a fruit and Asians are crazy about it. It is one of the largest fruits in the world. The durian is probably also that at the same time most expensive fruityou can get in Thailand.
Durian's second nickname, "stink fruit", is no coincidence. An opened (and especially ripe) durian has a very intense odor. This is why it is often forbidden in hotel rooms or some public transport.
At the taste the durian divides opinions. Describing it is very difficult and, despite the smell, I would recommend everyone to try them and find out for themselves. A good, ripe durian is extreme creamy and hardly has the consistency of a fruit. You will think that you are eating some kind of pudding right now. Personally, I love durian and could eat it every day.
By the way, there are two types of durian in Thailand: Chani and Monthong. The monthong is many times better, but also more expensive. So the first time you should ideally try a Durian Monthong.
8. Jackfruit (Khanun, ขนุน)
The jackfruit, like a durian tree, also has a lot big fruits. When the outer shell is opened, there are lots of small yellow fruits in it, which are edible and in turn envelop a seed (the seeds are also edible and a delicious, nutty snack when cooked. They are very reminiscent of chestnuts).
The taste the jackfruit is also difficult to describe. It's a mix of something sweet, banana and pineapple - with a hint of vanilla. A very ripe jackfruit also has an intense odor that is much more pleasant and “fruity” than that of a durian. A good, juicy and ripe jackfruit is one of my personal favorite fruits in Thailand.
9. Mangosteen / Mangosteen (Mangkut, มังคุด)
You have already met the king of fruits. Here comes the "Queen of Fruits". Mangosteen have nothing in common with mangoes, as the name might suggest. The taste is not too sweet, but rather slightly sour. Still very tasty and hard to stop eating them. Incidentally, it is said that the Mangosteen lowers the body temperature and is therefore good for fever.
The Mangosteen has a leather-like shell that you have to crack to get to the fruit inside. The shell should be as smooth and shiny as possible. Then you know that you are getting good, ripe fruit. Be careful with the peel, as it leaves a dark color and can easy to stain lead (this is why it is forbidden in some hotels).
10. Salak fruit (sala, สละ)
The salak fruit is also called the "snake fruit" because its skin is somewhat reminiscent of the scales of a snake. It originally comes from Indonesia, which is where I tried it for the first time. Salak can also be bought in many places in Thailand. There are several varieties and in Thailand you will often find the slightly smaller, lighter and reddish fruits.
The taste is something between sweet and sour, depending on the fruit and variety. The pulp is harder than many other fruits. The salak fruit is also considered to be a good natural remedy at diarrhea.
11. Thai orange (Som, ส้ม)
Oranges are also found in Thailand. Basically, they don't taste much different from ours. The only difference is that the oranges in Thailand are mostly green from the outside are. The pulp is also orange. You can find them in fresh produce markets as well as in supermarkets.
The Thai name "Som" has nothing to do with the Som Tam salad. Oranges are therefore not part of Som Tam.
12. Dragon fruit (Gaew Mangkorn, แก้วมังกร)
The dragon fruit catches your eye from afar due to its bright color and you can recognize it immediately. You can hardly confuse the dragon fruit with any other fruit in Thailand. Very few also know that it grows on a cactus.
The taste of the white and very soft pulp is not particularly intense, but tastes very good and is healthy. The pulp is very reminiscent of the one kiwi, only in white instead of green. Dragon fruit is also very popular in fruit shakes.
13. Java apple (Chompu, ชมพู่)
The Java apple is a fruit that you probably haven't heard much about. At least not if you've never been to tropical countries. In fact, this fruit is somewhat reminiscent of an apple, that Pulp however, it is much more watery. Otherwise, these fruits have little in common with apples, and in terms of size and shape, they resemble a pear.
14. Guava (Farang, ฝรั่ง)
The guava was brought to Thailand by the French hundreds of years ago and probably got its name from this. Because the name for foreigners in Thailand is "Farang" and France is also called "Farangset" in Thai. So the fruit simply got this name.
In Thailand, guava that is not yet fully ripe is very popular as one snack. It is cut into small strips or pieces and then eaten with a sugar and chilli dip.
15. Rambutan (Ngo, เงาะ)
This "hairy" fruit is very popular in many countries in Southeast Asia. It is noticeable by its appearance and is therefore unmistakable. Inside there is egg-shaped, white pulp (with a core), which is very healthy. It contains carbohydrates, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, sodium, proteins and important vitamins.
16.Litchi (Linchi, ลิ้นจี่)
Another vitamin bomb: this one closely related to the Rambutan Related fruit grows on trees and has white, soft flesh inside that can be very sweet. It is somewhat reminiscent of sweet, but also slightly sour grapes. Once you get the hang of how to open the bowl quickly and easily, it's hard to stop eating the lychee.
17. Longan (Lam Yai, ลำไย)
The longan is another lychee-like fruit that grows on trees. In season it is very popular among the locals in Thailand. The fruits are round and about 3 cm in size. The longan is often used with the Long Kong and Slow sat Fruit, which is also found in Thailand, confused.
Longans are very sweet and aromatic. You can simply bite the skin open to enjoy the white pulp. Inside there is a core that is not eaten. The Longan is sold in many places in Thailand: at fresh produce markets, in supermarkets or by driving at Longan dealers.
Even if they look totally different on the outside, lychees, rambutans and longans are pulp and taste very similar. You have to find out for yourself which of the three is your favorite.
18. Cinnamon apple (Noi Naa, น้อยหน่า)
The cinnamon apple is a real one Insider tip among the fruits in Thailand. I also got to know this exotic very late. The taste of this fruit is unique and quite sweet, actually has a creamy cinnamon aroma. Be sure to try it if you find it anywhere.
19. Sapodilla (Lamut, ละมุด)
A fruit that after Caramel tastes good? Doesn’t exist? But! The sapodilla doesn't look particularly inviting from the outside, almost like a small potato. Inside, however, it offers a true explosion of taste. The flesh of the ripe sapodilla is incredibly sweet and soft. A mixture of caramel and a sweet pear. Not to be missed when you are in Thailand.
But be careful when buying. If the fruit is unripe, it is completely the opposite of sweet and tastes very unpleasantly bitter. If the pulp is soft on the outside and you can press it in, you know it's ripe.
More fruits in Thailand
That wasn't even all the fruits that Thailand has to offer. In addition to the ones mentioned above, you will be offered many other fruits. Fruits, which we take for granted and are cheap, are very expensive and even something special in Thailand. The best example of this is that strawberry (Stroberi, สต รอ ว์ เบอร์ รี่), which due to the climate can only grow in the colder areas in the north. Accordingly, it is expensive and not always available.
More fruits that you can try in Thailand:
- Pomelo (Som Oh, ส้ม โอ)
- Pomegranate (Tab Tim, ทับทิม)
- Star fruit (Ma Fueang, มะเฟือง)
- Lansi (Long Kong, ลองกอง)
Finally, a small top 5 of our personal favorite fruits
- Java apple
What is a favorite fruit in Thailand? Write us a comment now.
Photos: Photo 19 (Lychee) eeki / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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Moin, I am Marcel! Blogger, author, web & graphic designer and digital nomad. I prefer to travel through Southeast Asia and discover beautiful beaches and delicious food there. My home base is Koh Phangan, Thailand. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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