Available on every street, sold on the beaches and served with every meal – fruit is at the heart of Thailand – whether one of the many variations of banana or something a little more unfamiliar – like the beautiful Rambutan fruit. Simply put Thailand is a heaven for fruit lovers (and so many frugivores do take advantage) and introducing these fruits to your diet will provide a wonderful boost to your health – so read on to learn a little bit more about just a few of our favourite exotic fruits of Thailand, what they taste like and how they can help to improve your health.
Dragon Fruit is the stunning pink spiky fruit of the Cereus peruvianus cactus – an ugly green mess of sky-reaching spikes that somehow produces one of the world’s most vibrantly coloured fruits. The fruit itself doesn’t have a strong flavour – similar to a light kiwi in taste and as such perfect for pairing with other fruits for breakfast. Dragon Fruit is rich in antioxidants, they contain vitamin C and several B vitamins that are good for carbohydrate metabolism.
Possibly one of Thailand’s most visually striking fruits – a spiky deep red coloured shell hides a plump white fruit inside. They grow in dense bunches on a tree of the same name and taste somewhat similar to Lychee – and amongst their most inviting attributes is the long list of health benefits – everything from boosting energy to strengthening bones.
These light lime coloured apples have a crunchy better flavour with a texture like a moist apple. Here in Thailand – they’re eaten with spiced sugar sprinkled on top and are absolutely delicious. Rose apples have many health benefits amongst them is their ability to detoxify the liver, improve digestion and protect against diabetes.
Longan is a small round brown fruit very similar to lychee and Rambutan. Like those it’s got a light moist flavour and a pulpy oval fruit hidden behind a thick rubbery skin. Longan fruit is often referred to as the euphoria fruit – as the taste is sweet and succulent with a whole bunch of health benefits that make eating it that bit sweeter. Intriguingly, Longan is also used as remedy for stomach ache, insomnia and amnesia.
The tough green skin of the Guava fruit looks a little like a lime, where as the insides is either white or red with a slightly bitter sweet taste. They’re extremely popular in Thailand – though you’ll rarely see a ripe Guava as folk here prefer the fruit before it ripens. They are best enjoyed dipped in salt or sugar and mixed with dried chilis for a typical Thai mashup of sweet and spicy. Guava is said to aid in cancer prevention, regulate thyroid health and relieve coughs and colds.
The infamous durian fruit is the thing of legend. A large spiky fruit with a skin as thick as armour, hanging from trees with an odour that has led to its banning on several public transport routes throughout Asia. However – we think the odour is ever so slightly exaggerated, but either way the flavour is wonderful. If you can get past the odour you’ll find a fruit that has a mild sweet taste, with subtle notes of almond – and a very creamy texture that makes it a little more pleasant on the palate. Durian is naturally rich in potassium, fibre and vitamin C and is excellent for improving muscle strength, blood pressure and skin health. This is perhaps the most iconic of the exotic fruits of Thailand.
Despite its slightly deceptive name, Mangosteen bares no resemblance to Mango. In fact the Mangosteen has a dark purple skin that conceals white petals of tasty white flesh that have a tender floral scent. The Mangosteen is full of Vitamin C and is good for everything from reducing cholesterol to helping to fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
The Sapodilla is a small brown oval fruit whose flesh develops from a yellowish hue to a light reddish-brown that is soft and exceptionally juicy, with a deliciously sweet-as-candy flavour that can be deceptive on first bite. The fruit is high in fibre making it good for digestion and the leaves are often used to fight inflammatory diseases.
For many people, Mangoes are the king of all fruits. Not only are they delicious but they fight cancer, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes and help with digestion. Here in Thailand there’s a smorgasbord of Mangoes to choose from too – the yellow Nam-Dok-Mai with sweet yellow flesh, Thing-Dam, which has a vibrant orange pulp and ok Rhong which has both a pale green skin and a pale yellow flesh concealed within.
The star of one of Thailand’s most iconic dishes – Green Papaya Salad or Som Tum – Papaya is a wonderfully sweet fruit with a soft buttery flesh, which is high in vitamins and minerals and was once apparently called the “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus when he explored the Caribbean. The flesh of the Papaya is a rich orange colour, hued with yellow and pink encasing a cluster of black pepper-like seeds that are edible and a little bitter in flavour.
‘if you want to learn more about magical Thailand read our previous blogs , here are the links for you.
–10 Great Thing To Experience in Chiang Mai
–10 Reasons to Visit Amazing Thailand
–Thailand Festivals- Happy New Year it’s Songkran
–Weather in Chiang Mai Thailand
–Exploring Thai Culture
–Buddhism in Thailand
–Famous Northern Thai Dishes
–Muay Thai The Art of Eight Limbs
We grow many exotic fruits in the lush grounds of our resort in Chiang Mai, so on your visit to our weight-loss, fitness and health bootcamp, we’ll be able to introduce you to all of these fruits here and many more!.