Friday, 21 November 2014

Some lesser known fruits

Some lesser known fruits

Doi Inthanon Hmong Village (which is just a roadside market). A large selection of nuts and dried fruit, most of it probably from elsewhere and cheaper elsewhere.

Among the few things they actually grow there are strawberries (can be purchased fresh or dried) and Physalis / Cape Gooseberry. I bought a small bag of dried strawberries for 80 THB and a big bag of physalis for 80 THB (see picture bottom left on the table, about 50 fruit in it).

Canistel (Pouteria campechiana), label says "เซียนท้อ ละมุดอินเดีว" (also known as ม่อนไข่), 80 Baht per kg. I had a free tasting, can be eaten with skin, underwhelming.

Kanchanaburi near Wat Tham Sua. Putsa Poodsa พุทรา Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba) looks like small apple, has a texture like apple and tastes similar to apple (slighly sour/unripe). Available in fresh and dried candied. Both underwhelming, but thanks for the free tasting.

On a night market in Kanchanaburi, I spotted steamed water chestnut (Eleocharis dulcis) แห้ว which I knew already from a buffet in a Japanese restaurant. But I knew water caltrop กระจับ only from pictures. 20 Baht per bag.

Left: light yellow water chestnut; right: black water caltrop

Water chestnut is already peeled and ready to eat. Water caltrop is in black, shape like a bat or bull's horns or hairdo of Angelina Jolie in "Maleficient". You have to crack it open like a nut with hand or teeth, and the contents tastes nutty. It leaves a black stain on your hand, which you can easily wash off. In medieval Europe, this fruit/nut/seed would have been associated with the devil.

I spotted het khone เห็ดโคน (termite mushrooms) a few times in Kanchanaburi province, but without this article I wouldn't have paid attention: Feast-on-the-fungi: Now is the time for rare termite mushrooms

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1 comment:

  1. Last week, I bought Physalis at Nang Loeng market. 20 Baht per 100 g. Seller said they come from Chiang Mai and are only available during cold season.


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