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:
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.]
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.)
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.