Fruits of Thailand: Healthy and Delicious Food You Must Try

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The fruits of Thailand are undoubtedly some of the most delicious and healthy Thai food you might indulge in during your trip in the country.

Well, there is no secret that wherever in the world you are, you can find the freshest and best quality produce at the local markets. And if you are up for it, you can even bargain for the best price.

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Fruits of Thailand: Healthy and Delicious Food You Must Try

Where to buy fruits in Bangkok?

Practically anywhere. You’ll find street vendors selling sliced pineapple, nicely packed durian, watermelon or longan fruit everywhere you go.

If you fancy going local, then head to the popular fruit market in Bangkok – Or Tor Kor, or Klong Toey Fresh Market, Pak Klong Talat Flower Market, Train Market (Dalat Roi Fai), Bon Marche farmers market, Talat Aw Taw Kaw market.

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Where to buy fruits in Chiang Mai?

Our favourite is the Chiang Mai Gate Market or Talat Pratu Chiang Mai.

If you get there in the afternoon or evening, you will find a great variety of street food, but if you go in the early morning, you will be able to find a small fruit paradise. Call it a walk-in natural pharmacy.

You’ll find lots of fresh vegs & fruits at the popular Chiang Mai fruit markets – Muang Mai Market, Warorot Market, Kamthieng Farmers Market, Sompet Market, or Tohn Payorm Market where you’ll find oodles of Thai fruits.

Remarkable fruits of Thailand

Mango

One of the most popular fruits from Thailand. Sweet, with a hint of sour taste, incredibly aromatic and refreshing. You’ll find it freshly sliced, or in many variations of smoothies, or as a main ingredient of a famous Thai dish – Mango Sticky Rice.

It improves digestion, clears skin, lowers cholesterol, and prevents cancer.

Tastes like: mix of lemon, cantaloupe and avocado
How to eat it: peel off the skin and slice it around the nut. Or, cut in half, remove the nut and scoop the pulp out with a spoon.
Price: Depending on season and variety, the price ranges from 40 to 80 ฿ (1.20 – 2.40 USD) / kg

Mango season in Thailand: March – June, but we were lucky to find some good mangos in Chiang Mai also in January and February.

Rambutan

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Rambutan fruits for sale at Chiang Mai gate market, Thailand.

Light, mildly sweet, juicy with a chewy texture. Rich in vitamin C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, and fibre. Cures high fever, bad stomach, prevents diarrhea, smoothes your skin, treats diabetes and works as an energy booster.

Tastes similar to: lychee
How to eat: once the leather skin of the fruit is soft, you will be able to open the shell with your nails and take out the white, egg-shaped fruit.
Price: 30-60 ฿ (0.9-1.9 USD)/kg.

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Durian

Spiky from outside, creamy, soft, and ultimately delicious fruit in Thailand! Yes, we do confess, we are durian lovers, and we recommend giving it a try when in Southeast Asia.

Durian is very sweet, with a very particular custard-like texture. Yes, and the smell that might put you off.

It’s full of fiber, vitamin C, and B-vitamins. It lowers blood sugar, reduce cancer risk, and has some antibacterial properties, too.

Tastes similar to: there’s nothing like durian in this world, trust us.
How to eat it: buy a package of one or two pieces of peeled off durian. Watch out for the big hard nut inside. You’ll be able to find chips, ice-cream, candies, cookies with durian flavour, but that’s not the way to experience real durian.
Price: for a bigger piece r two smaller ones you’ll pay minimum 120 ฿ (3.6 USD)

Note: If you’re in Thailand in July, check out Chanthaburi Durian Festival that is the world most famous durian festival. 

Durian season in Thailand: April – August, in Bangkok you’ll find it all year round.

Sapodilla

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Sapodilla fruits being sold at Chiang Mai gate market, Thailand.

Very sweet, full of fructose and glucose. An absolute energiser, full of vitamin A that keeps your eyes healthy; an anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory fruit that also helps with constipation.

Reduces nausea and dizziness, moisturises your skin, calms your mood and treats insomnia due to its mildly sedative properties. Advised to use when curing cold or cough.

Tastes similar to: a pear with honey or brown sugar
How to eat: either you peal it off and then cut it, or just cut vertically and scoop out the pulp.
Price: 40 ฿ (1.3 USD)/kg.

Rose apple

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Rose apples on a stall at Chiang Mai gate market, Thailand.

Tender, crunchy fruit with sensitive skin and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Good for diabetics, as it lowers sugar level in the body. Juice made of rose apple can be mildly laxative, however the seeds stop diarrhea. Contains vitamin C, iron, calcium, protein and fibre. A very tasty alternative of an apple in Thailand.

Tastes similar to: apple and cucumber
How to eat: like an apple.
Price: 30 ฿ (0.9 USD)/kg.

Young coconut

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Young coconuts on a stall at Chiang Mai gate market, Thailand.

A top health bomb that boosts your metabolism, lowers cholesterol, stabilises blood sugar, kills bacteria, fights infections and hydrates your body.

Moreover, thanks to its blood-like consistency, pure and filtered water, it can save your life, as it was used for plasma transfusions during WWII in the Pacific. Mildly sweet, nutty and refreshing fruit with high antibiotic properties.

How to eat: either you have a machete to open it or you ask the seller to do it for you and then just use a straw and a spoon to scoop out the pulp at the end.
Price: from 15 to 60 ฿ (0.5 – 1.9 USD) per piece.

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Jack fruit

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A Jack fruit being opened to extract the fruits, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

One of our most favourite Thai fruits. Its flesh is “hidden” inside a big shell covered with blunt thorns. Sweet, very aromatic, chewy. Full of vitamins A, C, B-complex and folic acid, which all together prevent anemia. Thanks to its rich amount of fibre, it prevents colon diseases.

It is one of the biggest fruits in the world, since one jackfruit can grow to a length of 90 cm, a width of 50 cm and a weight of 35 kg. It is defined as the largest fruit, borne on the Earth with 250 fruits on one tree during the season.

Tastes similar to: banana with peach and honey
How to eat: to buy a whole fruit might be a bit unpractical. In any case, they sell it already cut and pitted. If it is ripe, you eat it raw. Seeds can be dried in the sun and used roasted as a snack or as an ingredient for Indian curry.
Price: 60 ฿ (1,9 USD)/kg or 20 ฿ (0.6 USD) per package of 6-7 pieces.

Passion fruit

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Passion fruit being sold at Chaing Mai market, Thailand.

Sweet and tart at the same time, highly aromatic source of vitamins C and A, iron, magnesium. Strengthens the immune system, prevents premature ageing, treats eyesight, protects the colon from toxic substances, and maintains the nervous system, too.

Furthermore, thanks to potassium, it helps to regulate blood pressure. Helpful with menstrual problems, headache, insomnia, chronic fatigue, and anxiety. For good sleep, it is recommended to have a glass of fresh juice of passion fruit.

Since it contains high amount of dietary fibre, it is suggested to include passion fruit in your diet to lose weight, as it can fill you up without craving another meal. The skin of the fruit treats asthma and is a natural source of antihistamines.

The first Spanish missionaries gave this fruit its name, as the structure of its flowers symbolised Jesus on the cross. You can find spiky thorns, which represent a crown, five anthers as a symbol of the five wounds and three stigmata for the three nails.

Tastes similar to: lemon, gooseberry and grapefruit.
How to eat it: cut into half and scoop out the pulp.
Price: 40 ฿ (1.3 USD)/kg.

Dragon fruit

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Dragon fruit sold on a stall in Chiang Mai market, Thailand.

Beautifully coloured outside and inside, refreshing, slightly sweet and juicy cactus plant rich of fibre, antioxidants, omega 3-fats. Prevents memory loss, raises growth of probiotics, supports your digestive system, controls cholesterol level, soothes cough.

Works as a toxin purifier and prevents cancer. Contains phosphorus and calcium and therefore strengthens bones, tissue formation and keeps your teeth healthy. Excellent for reducing the sugar level in your body. Not recommended for those suffering from kidney diseases, vulva pain and rheumatoid arthritis.

Tastes similar to: kiwi with melon
How to eat it: either you peel off the thin skin and then cut it into slices, or cut it into halves and scoop out the flesh.
Price: 40- 60 ฿ (1.3 – 1,9 USD)/kg.

Mangosteen

Don’t confuse it with classic mango fruit. Mangosteen in Thailand is an elegant fruit with juicy, sweet & sour taste, very refreshing.

Very low in calories, heart-boosting, rich of vitamin C. Known for its properties to improve acne, boost your immune system, and to fight cancers.

Tastes like: very similar to lychee, longan and peach.
How to eat it: cut the thick skin in the middle without cutting the fruit in half. Or peel off the skin completely and divide the fruit into small slices.
Price: from 30 ฿ (0.9 USD) / kg

 

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23 thoughts on “Fruits of Thailand: Healthy and Delicious Food You Must Try”

  1. Vaaaaau, jaca is one of my favourite discoveries, too! Here we have jaca trees everywhere and people usually don’t bother to collect it ! I love it!
    It’s such an adventure and I am glad I can accompany you through your lovely posts.
    Thanks guys, keep safe xx

    1. I guess is not really easy to get the fruits down, and from what we have seen, is a bit of work to get the flesh out of the shell 🙂 and once you open it, you need to sell it… actually, here you can find jackfruit just on a few stalls… Martiu, I am always happy to hear about your Brazil stories!!! Warm hugs!!!!

  2. My fav one is absolutely dragon-fruit 🙂 I ate it as musch as possible when I was in Cambodia. By the way, thanks, I dind’t know it was so healthy!

    1. Hi Claudia, we love that fruit 🙂 sooo good, especially after you take it form the fridge so it’s a bit cooler and fantastically refreshing!
      Buon viaggio e buon appetito!

  3. Great piece!
    I had no idea passionfruit had so many health benefits – I’m even happier it is my favourite now!
    But I really don’t like sapodilla …. Maybe I’ll grow into it?
    🙂
    Johanna

    1. Thanks, Johanna 🙂 Yeah, sapodilla is a very special one that takes time to get used to. Try to add it into a salad or a smoothie with other fruits, maybe more sour ones, like passion fruit 🙂 It should give a nice flavour to the final result!

  4. Good job – you’ve covered each fruit well –
    Tamarind is my favorite fruit though.
    Children pick and eat it neat from the trees here, before it is ripe, skin and seeds too – sooo sour it makes you shiver. Good with the right dip though. I grow and sell passion fruit, only B30 per kg last season & we eat the leaves in salad

  5. Oh, I just miss that fruits! Jack fruit, dragon fruit and rambutan I just couldn’t stop eat them while being there!
    From fruits you didn’t recommend I liked mangostreen, salak (snake fruit), mango (specially green one) and Durian. That last one locals just love, but tourists usually not. 😀

    That fruits are of course not the only reason I would like to return to Thailand. Wonderful country, just go out of touristic areas.

    1. Ivana Greslikova

      Hi Hogy, I can see there is another fruit lover our there 🙂 Thanks for mentioning your favourites, we have tried them and have to say we do love durian a lot! But somehow those from Malaysia taste better. Oh yes, mangosteeen and salak are heavenly good. I guess time to update our post with some other that we sampled: guava, starfruit, Thai olives (which is actually a fruit). Hope you can make it to Thailand in the future so you can indulge in all those flavours once again!

  6. Great topic. My favourites are mangosteen and durian, maybe they were not in season while you were there.

  7. I’ve always wanted to try this exotic fruits, but unfortunately, they are not available everywhere and even if they are you never know how real they are. I like that you’ve mentioned their similar taste, and by that, I would say that I would probably gonna love the Jack fruit.

  8. One of my favourites is atis, also called custard apple or sugar apple, and I think (if google is correct) called noi na in Thai.

    I lived in the Philippines, but the same fruits tend to grow in both countries. 🙂 I love rambutan, jackfruit, passion fruit, and young coconut (we call in buko). Not a fan of dragonfruit. 😛 I always expect it to taste as flavourful as it looks, and it always seems too bland.

  9. Freda Sultana

    Hey there. I love all the tropical fruits in Thailandbut was wondering how come you dont see your regular apples and oranges? Is it due to high humidity which does’nt always agree with orchards.

    1. Ivana Greslikova

      Hi Freda,

      We tried to mention only the fruits we didn’t find in Europe easily, those that are typical for Southeast Asia. You can find apples in Thailand in some supermarkets, but they are all imported from New Zealand. Oranges are available actually, we visited an orange plantation in the north of the country, but we just prefer the exotic treats we had never tried before in Europe 🙂

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