PHUKET is a tropical destination by excellence and nothing says more tropical than a selection of fruits it may be difficult to get by in your home country. Below is a mix of my personal favorite and fruits that I believe anyone should try at least once; love it or hate it, isn’t trying new food part of a greater adventure called life?
Thailand is one of the largest producers of mangoes in the world, with more than 3 million tons of this exotic fruit produced each year. As it can be consumed ripe or unripe, you will discover a completely different flavor profile when eating a green, unripe mango that is more acidic or the orange, ripe version that is very sweet and often used in desserts. Grab yourself a Khao Niaw Mamuang (Sticky Rice with Mango) at the end of your meal and you’ll understand why this is one of the most consumed fruits in Thailand.
Very often associated to kiwis because of its tiny black seeds that are found in its white flesh, the dragon fruits are often eaten as a dessert or as a snack during a hot day. They are not too sweet and the crunchy seeds are packed in lipids. Some fancy places like to use the fruit for the conception of cocktails, which are sometimes served in the fruit itself.
Granted, you probably have already eaten a pineapple in your life. But the pineapple you will find in Phuket are usually much more sweet and smaller in size. Plenty of restaurants will serve you a complimentary pineapple plate after your meal, a great way to discover the differences between the pineapple you can buy across the world and the ones that are native of the island and its surroundings.
Who could imagine staying on a tropical island without trying to drink/eat a fresh coconut? Coconut juice is a perfect companion to stay hydrated when laying down on one of Phuket’s numerous beaches. The flesh of the fruit can also be eaten, hence why most places will provide you with a spoon to complement your drink. Pina Colada anyone?
Not a favorite of mine, but certainly THE fruit you should be trying when staying in Phuket. The durian is often referred to as the king of all fruits and its flesh is a delicacy appreciated all around Southeast Asia. Make sure not to bring it inside a hotel room though, as the hotel is most likely going to charge you an extra fee for getting rid of the stench the fruit is known for.
By Nattha Thepbamrung