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14 of the best fruits from Thailand with Thai name

Thailand is also the land of fruits; you will find some already cut or peeled everywhere, sold for a small fee, here is a list of the 14 best fruits from Thailand.

If there is one country that can encourage you to eat more fruit than usual, it is Thailand.

Not only are the fruits of Thailand cheap, but you can also find them easily in restaurants and markets.

And if you don’t want to go, all you have to do is hail a traveling merchant who will sell you the fruit cut into pieces in a plastic bag with a wooden stick for 15 baht.

Your travel to Thailand is also an opportunity to eat much more fruit than usual and to realize the positive effect it will have on your health.

Fruit seller Thailand
Fruit seller and his cart

1) The mangosteen, mang-kout, มังคุด

Interior of the mangosteen
Mangosteen interior

For me, it is the best fruit in Thailand, the one I give priority to people who do not know the country, and it is also very rich in vitamins.

For the Thai, it is the queen of fruit or the second-best fruit; the first, the king, is Durian.

See our article: Mangosteen and its fruit the mangosteen

2) Durian, Thourian, ทุเรียน

DurianIt is the best fruit in the world for many Asians, but it is not unanimously accepted in other cultures.

Some people find it stinks and has no taste; others find its smell bewitching and its taste delicious.

The first time I ate it, it made me think of avocado flesh with less taste; the second time I liked it but no more.

In any case, you should never consume it with alcohol; it can make you sick or kill you!

Every year there are deaths in Thailand due to the consumption of strong alcohol and durian.

3) Papaya, Malako, มะละกอ

PapayaIn Thailand, you can taste green papaya as a vegetable, in salad Som Tam, for example, or as a fruit.

The papaya is a generous tree; it does not only give a delicious fruit, but the juice of its leaves can also cure dengue fever or Zika, and its seeds with a peppery taste are deworming.

4) Mango, Ma Mouang, มะม่วง

Sticky rice with mango and coconut milk
Mango and coconut milk sticky rice

Of course, you know mango, but in Thailand, you can eat it in a very different way, like with sticky rice and coconut milk, or green and crunchy to enjoy with a mixture of sugar, salt, and pepper.

You will also have, on many occasions, the opportunity to drink its fresh and thick juice from the blender, one of the best fruit juices, in my opinion.

5) The Dragon’s Fruit (pitaya), Kèow Mang kon, แก้วมังกร

PitayaMang Kon means dragon in Thai.

A fruit that reminds us a little of kiwi in its consistency, you may have tasted some bland, without too much taste; in Thailand, I had the opportunity to taste some delicious very sweet with violet flesh.

6) Watermelon, Taeng Mo, แตงโม

WatermelonWhen it is hot, nothing like pieces of watermelon to quench your thirst.

In Thailand, you will find it very easily, because watermelon is one of the fruits always present in the carts of itinerant fruit vendors.

7) Jackfruit, Ka Noun, ขนุน

JaqueJacque is a sweet fruit that tastes a little like candy.

It is better not to buy the whole big fruit at a market if you don’t know how to open it, the inside contains an extremely sticky part, and it is complicated to cut.

8) Longan, Lam Yaille, ลำไย

LonganeFruit of the lychee and rambutan family, which is sold in clusters.

Taste is very close to Litchi, Thai people love it particularly.

Longans are rich in vitamin C and potassium.

9) The Langsat, langsat, ลางสาด

LangsatLangsat and a small fruit sold in clusters like longans or lychees, but with a very particular taste, between citrus fruit and lychee, surprising and delicious.

The fruit consists of 5 or 6 quarters, with slightly bitter seeds.

10) Tamarin, makham, มะขาม

TamarinA sour fruit widely used in Thai cuisine and particularly useful for constipated people; it is the equivalent of the prune power 10, to avoid if you have a weak stomach.

On the other hand, there is a variety of sweet, non-acidic tamarind, Makham Wan in Thai that you must taste if you have the opportunity, the fruit has the same shape, but the shell is red.

Sweet Tamarind
Sweet Tamarind

11) Grapefruit, Som O, ส้มโอ

Thai grapefruitI have never been a big fan of grapefruit in France (Citrus paradisi), but I like Thai grapefruit (Citrus grandis).

Their pretty pink flesh and softer, less bitter taste will make you love them!

12) Pineapple, saparote, สับปะรด

AnanasMini pineapple are particularly sweet and tasty; it is also a fruit always present in the carts of street vendors.

13) Java Apple, Chom Pou, ชมพู่

Pomme de Java It is a crunchy fruit, a little sweet and sour, an original taste, but no more.

It should be eaten in Thai style, with a mixture of salt, sugar, and chili pepper; it enhances its taste a little.

14) Guava, Farang, ฝรั่ง

GuavaIn Thai “foreign” is called “Farang” so it is a word you will often hear and you can easily remember the name of the guava.

Guava is a crunchy and refreshing fruit that should also be eaten in Thai style, with a mixture of salt, sugar, and chili.

Sala, Sala, สละ

SalaYou will surely be intrigued by this fruit covered with thorns on the markets; it comes from a palm tree species with trunks covered with big thorns.

Sala has a rather particular sweet and sour taste, a little bit of a medicine taste, I’m not a big fan, but I’m just putting it here for information.

See also:
Fruit carving in Thailand, a delicious art

Photos: Fruit seller: Lynhdan; Pitaya: Skeeze; Watermelon: Segobou; Jaque: Mullookkaaran; Language: Surukuku, Ananas: Security; Langsatte: Go place ; Sweet Tamarin: Dinesh Valke; Java Apple: GkGegk; Goyave: Liguoze; Sala: Takeaway



Settled in Thailand since a few years (with trips to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia), I love this country and its inhabitants, the real country of Smiles! Sorry for any translation errors that may occur. Feel free to mention them in the comments, I will correct them. Thank you.

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