A huge variety of fresh fruits and vegetables are available throughout the year in Thailand due to the ideal climate and soil conditions perfect for cultivation. There are indeed and, unmistakably many kinds of unfamiliar, brilliantly coloured as well as some bizarre-shaped exotic fruits for the adventurous traveller.
Wherever you may wander around the often crowded streets of Thailand, you will most surely come across fruit sellers with theirglass-fronted carts with pealed pieces of fresh seasonal fruit stacked around blocks of ice. Most of the fruit the vendors sell are familiar to the average tourist with watermelon and pineapple being the chief choices.
Not only are these fruits nutritious, but they make excellent snacks while providing you with some cool comfort from the heat on the street. Simply stop and choose a selection of your favourite fruits and the seller will pop them in a cellophane bag for you along with a toothpick.
Better known tropical fruits grown in Thailand are unmistakable to many of us. They include Papaya, Watermelon, Mango and Pineapple. There are some lesser known varieties too. Orchids and fruit farms around the country produce a host of exotic fruits that are unfamiliar to many new visitors. Included are the much prized Durian, the melt-in-the-mouth Mangosteen, the grapefruit-like Pomelo, the tangy Jack-Fruit, the hairy Rambutan and the bizarre looking Dragon-Fruit.
The Dragon Fruit is a rather bizarre, but beautiful and brightly coloured cactus type fruit widely cultivated in Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia as well as Central and South America. There are pink ones that have sweet and crunchy white flesh smothered in black seeds and covered with pointy green-tipped scales and yellow ones that are smaller in size and look more like prickly pears. This fruit is best eaten chilled with perhaps a sprinkling of lemon juice.