Durian Jackfruit Breadfruit Soursop
To the untrained eye, they look similar, hence full title: Do not confuse durian, jackfruit, breadfruit, soursop. In my early years I confused durian and jackfruit, and I'm not the only one:
https://www.facebook.com/theamazingw0rld/posts/1162507574509693 (confusion see comments).
Durian ทุเรียน tú riian
The love of durian by the locals can take strange forms: durian print on bedlinen.
The above offers durian at 199 THB/kg, but in general they are much more expensive, which is the basis for the following joke:
Harvesting and cutting durian:
Sale of durian. The text says (my translation): Please touch gently, it's durian and not pussy. The last line (กระหน่ำจิ้มกันอยู่ได้ grà-nàm jîm gan yòo dâai) I don't understand.
Here a durian that looks indeed like a pussy:
More jokes in an older post: https://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2016/12/durian-and-pomelo-varieties.html
Beloved by the people, but banned in public transport and hotels. The problem is the strong smell that polarizes people: some love it, some hate it. I love it, and can smell ripe durian for sale from dozens of meters away. In Kampot, there is even a durian statue at Durian Roundabout:
Durian can be fried and loses all odor. The fried durian can be eaten like potato chips (Monthong Durian Chips, 150 g, 210 THB bought in MBK):
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100 People Try Durian / Keep It 100 / Cut
Jackfruit ขนุน kà-nŭn
Jackfruit peeled on sale in Cambodia. The seeds are processed separately (eat after boiling in water?).
Breadfruit สาเก săa-gay
No personal experience, see e.g. here:
Soursop ทุเรียนเทศ tú riian têt
The Thai name literally is: "foreign fruit that looks like durian". Adding เทศ (têt 1. adj. foreign, non-Thai; 2. noun locality, municipality) is a general way of naming fruit, another example is tomato มะเขือเทศ má-kĕuua têt (มะเขือ má-kĕuua eggplant)
Soursop is produced in much smaller amounts than durian and jackfruit. I rarely see it at markets, e.g. here in Cambodia:
However, there are soursop flavored drinks in Cambodia:
In Thailand, I know of only one soursop farm in Saraburi and "Discovery garden pattaya" (in Thai สวน ทุเรียนเทศ = Durian Garden) with soursop near Pattaya:
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