Category Archives: Fruits, Herbs and Vegetables

Taling Pling

The taling pling, known as cucumber tree in English, is a backyard fruit of Thailand which due to its very sour taste, isn’t commercially produced. The fruit is indigenous to South and Southeast Asia, closely related to the carambola or … Continue reading

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Papaya

In this post I’ll going to introduce you a very popular Thai fruit, the Papaya or malago, how Thai people call it. As this fruit is used in many Thai dishes one could assume that the Papaya is native to … Continue reading

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Dragon Fruit – Lady of the Night

During my trip to Issan I came across a small dragon fruit plantation. The dragon fruit has an amazingly refreshing and mild taste, kind of a mix between watermelons and kiwis. Though produces in large quantities, the dragon fruit isn’t … Continue reading

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Sweet potato – The neglected crop of Thailand

Last week I made a trip to Issan, the Northeast of Thailand, and found many new vegetables, fruits and foods to write about. In this post I’ll present you the manthet or sweet potato, a crop which didn’t originate in … Continue reading

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Madan – A central Thai fruit with a sour taste

In this post, I’ll present you an extremely sour fruit called madan. The madan is quite uncommon outside of Southeast Asia and I didn’t even find a Wikipedia entry about it. I discovered the fruit on a local market here … Continue reading

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Chompoo – The juicy fruit

Another very juicy fruit I’ll present you here, is the rose or mountain apple, which Thais call chompoo. As all fruits described so far the chompoo tree is a tropical plant native to Thailand and Southeast Asia. The fruit’s taste … Continue reading

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Longan or Lamyai – The Dragon eyes

In this post I’ll introduce the Thai lamyai or longan fruit to you. In the Cantonese language the longan fruit is called phinyin which means “dragon eyes”. The reason for that is when the fruit is peeled, its dark seed … Continue reading

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The langsat fruit – delicious fruit with healing power

In this post I’ll show you another very delicious tree fruit: the langsat fruit. Like the durian and mangosteen fruit, described in the last post, this fruit is endemic to Southeast Asia’s forests and requires tropical temperatures to grow. Like … Continue reading

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Durian and Mangosteen – King and Queen of Thai Fruits

In this post, I will show you two very popular fruits of Thailand: Durian and mangosteen. Whereas durian is said to be the king of all fruits, mangosteen (Thai: mangkhut) is called the queen of fruits. They are preferably eaten … Continue reading

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