Fruit fruit fruit!

by FieryTree on May 17, 2013 · 14 comments

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Fruit, it is everywhere and it is all so very delicious.

Perhaps you’ve heard that Thailand is hot, it is in fact, very very hot. One of the methods for not spontaneously bursting into flames is ingesting the iced and delicious fruit sold by vendors, on most streets.

A vendor with a large knife with take your desired fruit, cut it up, put it in a bag for you, then put it in another bag, providing a skewer, so you can eat it immediately, negating the need for the second bag [plastic bag rant still pending.] The price of the fruit ranges from 10-20 baht (35 to 70 cents) depending on portion (and location of vendor).

The wonderful fruit vendor typically has sweet and delicious pineapple (eyes removed), cool and refreshing watermelon, mango, papaya or other melons. Last night we tried a then unidentified fruit, since id-ed as Guava. It was as large as a Granny Smith apple, white center and very sweet green outside –



But perhaps the non-familiar fruit is more interesting and for that, I present the following:

Rambutan – an interesting spiney fruit with a sweet flesh and seed in the middle. The fruit can be popped open by squeezing (not unlike lychee).

Palm Fruit – unlikely the friendly Rambutan above, this spiney fruit is a challenge to get into. The little spikes go everywhere and the taste didn’t have much payoff for me. [My roommate explained my tastebuds are broken so you may get different results.]
Palm Fruit Merge

JackFruit – one of my top favorite fruits over here. It is rather dense and not full of water but has a wonderful flavor compared to honey. If they would ice it on the street, I would hear angels singing. The actual fruit grows from the trunk or major branches of the tree because they can weight up to 150 pounds!!! (biggest measured, per this site.)
Jack Fruit

Mangosteen – called the Queen of Fruits in thailand, has interesting segments like an orange and is opened with a knife. The flavor is a mix of sweet and sour inside.

Rose Apples – full of water and sometimes found at fruit vendors. They have a very mildly flavor.

Egg Bananas – my favorite bananas, very sweet and just darn cute.

Pomelo – another favorite. I had it on my last trip to Thailand and thought of it for years. It is larger than a grapefruit with a milder flavor with a bit of tangy finish. It is typically served with a sugar/spice packet for dipping. I could eat it every day.

Papaya – not always sweet but easily available. Sold in the States too.

DragonFruit – found in the States also, a beautiful pink fruit with dotted inside. Again, the flavor is just ok to me.

And now a few delicious ways to enjoy these fruits –

Mango and sweet sticky rice – a must try, drizzled with coconut milk and unknown crunchy things, very delicious:

Nutella and egg banana – just say yes.

While not fruit, it was cute and tasty –

Marsipan candies in the shape of fruit, purchased in a local market.

What is your favorite fruit?

What would you try first?

And what fruit is noticeably missing from this list of Thai fruits?

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tina May 17, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Wow, what a wonderful blog. Agree on the dragon fruit. I have tried it because it looked so pretty. The guava I have had from cans is orange. Wonder if it’s different. I am going to try the rambutan because it just looks cool. The jackfruit sounds wonderful. Apples? Is that what’s missing? Or berries? In any case I will be happy. There is enough fruit for me! Love the pictures.


2 FieryTree May 25, 2013 at 10:50 pm

All the fruit is definitely delicious and rambutan would be a good one to start with!

Thanks for your guesses! The fruit missing is the stinkest of fruits: dorien. I tried it once and it reminded me of tuna fish, I’m willing to give it another shot though.


3 Emma May 18, 2013 at 8:45 am

I’d like to try the egg bananas and jackfruit first. 🙂

What a fun post! Thanks for sharing all these interesting fruits. Cold fruit on a hot day sounds very nice.


4 FieryTree May 25, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Very good choices!


5 Joelle May 24, 2013 at 2:19 am

I also had dragon fruit recently in South Africa. I wanted very much to like it and took two halves every morning from the buffet. Invariably I only managed to eat one… 🙁


6 FieryTree May 25, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Yeah, my tastebuds don’t register the flavor as anything they are really interested in. Have you tried any of the others listed?


7 Joelle May 27, 2013 at 10:11 pm

No, I haven’t come across them in my travels yet.



8 FieryTree May 30, 2013 at 2:30 am

Turns out we live pretty close to a fruit stand, they have a few I don’t have a name for yet. More fruit awaits!


9 Traci June 2, 2013 at 2:10 am

Awww Maria, you gave me such a sweet memory with your postings. My Grandmum absolutely adored Marzipan and even though it was quite expensive to get for her, I would always get the absolute best and overpay for it just because she loved it so much and in my eyes, she deserved it. Well, my Grandmum’s been gone years now, but there isn’t a day that I don’t think about her and just seeing your beautiful Marzipan almost brought me to tears. (happy tears) She would have LOVED that. Thank you very much for giving me such a lovely image and such a wonderful memory.


10 FieryTree June 3, 2013 at 1:41 am

Wow, that is so sweet for you to share! I’m so glad that image could touch a memory for you. I can definitely relate to having loved ones that you always think about.


11 Karen June 28, 2013 at 8:04 am

I just love all your wonderful fruit pictures. Everything looks so wonderful. I always enjoy all your adventures and travels. By the way thanks for the soap. You are so sweet.


12 FieryTree July 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Great to hear from you Karen! Glad it arrived and you are enjoying the pictures!


13 Marianne July 9, 2013 at 3:53 am

Banana with nutella — yummy!!

Great reading of all your experiences; you planning a book on your return? People always love travelogues 🙂

Hot here as well; 3rd named storm out there but supposed to fizzle out (pray!) How do they deal with the heat? I would expect AC is not everywhere or affordable?

Be well, be safe and blessings.


14 FieryTree July 15, 2013 at 7:48 pm

No book plans currently! 🙂
Not sure about everyone but AC is definitely in all of the farang apartments, ALL the malls, subway, and skytrain so people stay cool. The rain does a good job of cooling things off too. Stay dry!


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