(I love this handle name...if you were a fruit, which one would you be?)
I think my questions would have been what fruit is NOT in season?
It is true that Mango's season is March to May but it has always been readily available when I have been there in December.
Perhaps someone more erudite may be able to explain the reasons why.
In my opinion, you are likely to find that fruits in this country are so plentiful, so diversified, so inexpensive and so delicious that they often present you with an unexpected reward.
The tropical climate is certainly favourable to the growth of vegetation. Also other factors contribute to the rich production – the fertile soil, the introduction of new species from foreign countries, the continued efforts to improve the quality of fruits by scientific methods, the comparative length of Thai territory, which extends right into the subtropical zone, making it possible to grow fruits native to places of higher latitudes.
So here is a Alpha list from my trusted little moleskin book.
I am giving you gems here...listen up!!
Perhaps some posters may comment on their likes/dislikes of each
Banana - kluai
Coconut - ma-phrao
Custard Apple - noi-na
Dragon Fly ...can't remember this one (red skin and white fruit with dark little seeds)
Durian - thu-rian
Grape - a-ngun
Guava - farang (made me laugh when I heard this...I look nothing like it...or maybe I do??)
Jackfruit - khanun
Longan - lamyai
Lychee - linchi
Mango - ma-muang
Mangosten - mangkhut
Papaya - malako
Pineapple - saparot
Pomelo - som-o
Rambutan - ngo
Rose Apple - chomphu (I love chomping this one)
Sapodila - la-mut
Tangerine - som
and my number one favourite
WATER MELON- taeng-mo
Giorgio FedericoEdited: 24 September 2012, 05:54
Giorgio ..good to see you :) here. The reason you see ma-maung in December because they grow them in some sorts of green house but they aren't taste good as the normal one however if one can't wait until the season thenI guess that's for substitute.
To the OP go to the market or fruit stalls and just pick whatever you fancy I'm sure you will spout for choices.
My favorite would be everything in Giorgio lists lol. just beware of banana in Thai word if you're pronounce not correctly you and your listener both could end up with red faces. i am not prudish here but if say not correctly they night think you are asking for men genital.
I would also eat everything on Giorgio's list as I love tropical fruit especially Rambutan, I could eat kilos of them but as sweetpea says go to the market and choose whatever you want.
...took me ages to compile that list...I thought that one day it may come useful...
btw, does anyone know the time for the fruit
The first time I saw it I thought it was Dutch cheese with stracciatella ice cream inside...a bizarre association but I had never seen it before.
Believe it or not the first time I've seen dragon fly was the year 2000. I believe its native to china and brought it over by the grower.
The taste is rather tasteless but it look very pretty with reddish pink and once cut open with white flesh and black seed look alike.
Are you talking about dragon fruit?
If you see Rambutan don't be afraid to taste it and Mangosten must try it's tasty good! :D
@ Federicoita ,dragon fruit? I think from July - October.
You also get dragon fruit with bright pink flesh instead of white flesh- still with the black seeds- looks amazing as a fruit shake
Becky3589 and RiniRabbit,
yes, dragon fruit...I promise I will be sober tomorrow!!
dragon fruit with bright pink flesh ...is that before or after it comes out of the washing machine?? just joking...never seen it yet but thank you for educating me. I will watch out for it.
Best dragon fruit is the Vietnamese one. Supermarkets usually label it as such. Thai variety is bigger, paler in color on the outside.
If you choose such in the supermarket, go for the smaller fruit. I found it to be sweeter and juicier.
Custard apple has a short season. Saw lots of them during August and early Sept.
For banana I would use the Engl. word or indicate with gestures what I want. Thai folks will double up laughing if we get the tone wrong in "kluay".Edited: 24 September 2012, 22:08