Thai Fruits You Should Try!
Thailand is considered a heaven for fruitarians. Anywhere you travel in this country, you will be met with a wide variety of fruit stands at ridiculously low prices! The taste of Thai fruits has impressed visitors from many part of the world. Moreover, there are tons of fruits that you might never seen before. Fruits of Thailand are exported around the world which carry a high price tag. In addition, The export of Thai fruits has been increasing steadily. Therefore, when you find yourself in Thailand, do not forget to try Thai fruits! Here is a recommendation list of Thai fruits you should try when you visiting Thailand.
Mango or Ma-Muang
Mango has always been everyone favorite. It is one of the most well-known fruit in Thailand. There are many different kinds of mango available in this lovely country. The orange mango is very juicy and sweet while green mango is very sour and can be eaten in many ways; put it in a spicy said or eat it with a spicy and sweet dip. Moreover, mango is well-known for Thai dessert; Mango with sticky rice. This is when mango is eaten ripe. It’s sweetness complimented by a slightly salty coconut cream along with sticky rice.
Jackfruit or Khanoon
Jackfruit is the largest fruit you will find in Thailand and can weigh around 20-30 Kilos. However, it is not likely you will be cutting open jackfruit yourself. so buy a readymade pack at fruit stalls or supermarkets. The taste of jackfruit is similar to pineapple but less juicy and much more chewy. Jackfruit is normally eaten raw but can also be dried and made into chips as well. Yum!
Custard Apple or Noi Na
Custard apple is one of the strangest of Thailand’s fruits. Custard apple is a tennis ball sized with a thick rind composed of knobby segments. The taste of this fruit is very soft and sweet but very seedy. To eat, just cut it in half and eat it with a spoon but don’t forget to remove the seeds. Furthermore, custard apple is rich in anti-oxidants and calcium.
Mangosteen or Mang Kut
Mangosteen is considered to be the queen of fruits. This fruit is a bizarre looking fruit that contains in its round and thick dark purple skin. It is sweet and a bit sour. Mangosteen is a very refreshing fruit which has a cooling effect on the body. Moreover, mangosteens also help you to get rid of bad breath and unwanted taste in your mouth.
Rose Apple (Chompoo)
It is a summer fruit with shape much like a pear. It has a shiny pink skin and smell a bit like a rose water. Rose Apples are usually eaten fresh. It has a crispy, crunchy texture and are hollow inside which is very refreshing on a hot day.
Tamarind can be found all over Thailand. It has a pod-like shape and is often curved. When you crack the shell, you’ll see sticky brown pulp covering black seeds. Tamarind is a real combination of sweet and sour. Most often, tamarind can be turned into drinks or dried into candies.
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Thai culture is well known for its unique culture. Its culture is made up of a wide range of different sources. If you are traveling to Thailand, it’s necessary to know the basics of Thai culture in order to help you understand Thai people better and to avoid issues. Here are basic cultural points you need to know before visiting Thailand.
Thai greeting referred to as Wai. Wai is an action where the performer will pressing the palms together at chest or nose level and bowing head slightly. In addition, the word often spoken with Wai as a greeting is “Sawadee”. The word Sawadee is usually followed by “ka” when spoken by a female and by “kub” when spoken by a male person. Moreover, Wai can mean hello, goodbye, thank you, or to apologize. Thai people usually perform Wai when they want to greet someone who is older or respectable.
2. Feet low/Head high
In Thailand, the head is considered high and the feet are considered low and dirty. Since head is the highest part, never touch a Thai person on their head especially if they are older than you! In addition, point or touch something with the feet or simply put the feet on a desk or chair are considered extremely rude in Thailand.
3. Affection in public
Kissing with girlfriend or boyfriend in public may be romantic for Westerners but it is certainly a taboo in Thailand. In Thailand, people do not show a lot of affection in public. They won’t feel convenient to do hug and kiss outside as they think doing those things are about the 2-person’s things. When they go out, it is not a 2-person’s place. However, holding hands can be acceptable.
4. Unopened gifts
If you give a gift to Thai people and they just put your gift on the side and left unopened. Do not be mad.. In Thailand, it is considered rude to rip the gift open there in front of the giver. Thai people are more likely to wait until the giver has left to open the present.
5. Do not touch the monks
Since Buddhism is the national religion in Thailand, you will see many monks during your time in Thailand. People should be careful of the actions around monks. Women should never touch a monk or sit next to a monk or his belongings.
Thailand is known as the ‘Land of Smiles‘. Smile is a common thing to have here and a non-smiley person is often judged as not a friendly person. Try to smile at Thai people as much as possible and they will return in kind and making your experience in Thailand much more enjoyable.