Thai fruits range from well known, such as pineapple or simply watermelon, to the most surprising ones like the weird looking Dragon Fruit, the huge pungent Durian or the even bigger the ‘Jack Fruit’. The choice of fruits in Thailand is endless and visiting a local market in Phuket is a chance to try as many as you can. (I’ll add photos as I find them).
Dragon Fruit [Kaew Mang-Korn]
Sounds scary, but the taste of the Dragon Fruits is very faint, just slightly sweet with seeds like in kiwis. Most common variety comes with white flesh but the red flesh is sweeter.
Snake Fruit [Salak or Rakam]
Same family as the sapotilla, this strange looking fruit is very tasty and sweet. It’s a bit hard to peel and has a big seed in the middle.
Papaya is known for having many healthy properties… if you like its tastes. Thais eat it ripe with lime juice, but more often green in the famous Som Tam, a very spicy salad.
Well known fruit, but Thai version is harder and not as sweet as Caribbean version. Thai people often dip it in a mix of sugar, salt and dry chili, it’s nicer than you might think. ‘Farang’ in Thai also mean ‘Foreigners’.
Star Fruit [Ma Fuang]
Quite hard to find on a market, probably due to the fact that it is not an easy fruit to keep more than a day. The fruit itself looks nothing like a start until you slice it. Tastes sweet and very refreshing.
Phuket Pineapple [Sapparot]
Very popular all over Thailand, Phuket Pineapple is sweeter and has more flavour than other pineapples. Often served complimentary after dinner, it frequently comes with a mix of chili and salt!
Pomelo [Som O]
Thais look at this as a kind of orange (Som), but it’s more like a grapefruit. It’s is huge, really hard to peel and taste just a bit sweet. Try it!
Mango [Ma Muang]
One of the most popular fruits in Thailand, you can eat ripe mango with sticky rice and coconut milk, green with salt and chili, or even as a spicy salad on top of fried fish…. which is delicious.
Durian [Tu Rean]
Called the ‘King of Fruits’ by those who obviously love it. Among the many known varieties, some can be really smelly, but the best ones are not as pungent. You love it or you hate it, simple.
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world in my 20s and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 22 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I now manage 30 online travel guides in Asia and beyond, including Phuket.com, Bangkok.com and Bali-Indonesia.com