- Banana glauy
- Durian Turian
- Green mango ma muang dip
- Green papaya malagaw dip
- Kaffir lime ma-gruud
- Lime manow
- Mango ma muong
- Papaya malagaw
- Pineapple sapparot
- Tamarind ma kam piek
This list can be found on a page at the Gecko Villa Website that has done a superb job of covering Thai Food.
Before I continue, I want to mention a copyright issue — some sites are dreadfully anal about it. I had intended to include some very good information from a site I had come across, but then I noticed this warning:
Regular copyright infringement checks are carried out, any page of information containing more than 15 per cent identical content to pages previously existing on 1stopthailand will be considered to be in breach of international copyright law and appropriate legal action may be taken.
I refuse to even provide a link to that site. May their anonymity overwhelm them. Enough said.
The rustic resort Suan Loong Daeng Farm has a page in which they list some fruits that they happen to grow and sell. You can get an idea of what these few look like while still on the tree. Example:
Here is another site offering a list of Thai fruits in both their English and Thai names:
Homegrown tropical fruits from Thailand are becoming legendary the world over. Even more memorable is their heady fragrances, ripe colors and succulent flavors. Although some fruits are seasonal in Thailand, but there is always a wide choice available. Visitors can rest assured of ample opportunity to enjoy a mouth watering variety all year round.
Related to this topic, I stumbled across a lengthy article titled Forbidden Fruit: Transgenic Papaya in Thailand. Following are the opening paragraphs which should help you decide if you wish to check it out:
Dressed in white, hooded “personal protection suits,” Greenpeace activists donned goggles, gloves, and respiratory masks—the kind of dress you expect to see in the clean zone of a nanotechnology laboratory, not in a field in bucolic northeast Thailand. Easily bridging a barbed wire fence with a stepladder, they began pulling transgenic papaya (Carica papaya) from the trees, throwing the fruit into biohazard waste bins. The protestors stood for photographs—the press had been alerted—before a large yellow banner printed both in Thai and English that read: “Stop GMO Field Trials.”
It was July 27, 2004—doomsday for agricultural biotechnology in Thailand. The protest at the Thai Department of Agriculture’s (DOA) confined field trial set into motion a countrywide moratorium on all field testing of transgenic crops. Since the 1980s, the country had been a regional leader in developing a competitive biotechnology sector.
What went wrong? This is not an exceptional case. Since 1998, virus-resistant papaya had been grown widely in Hawaii, but had failed to be commercialized in many other places. This is despite the fact that genetically engineered or genetically modified (GE or GM) virus-resistant papaya is close to an ideal “pro-poor” GE crop.
The aim of this essay is to contrast the rapid and widespread adoption of transgenic papaya in Hawaii, where it saved an industry, with that of Thailand, where it has yet to be approved for commercialization—even though in some regions virus infection rates are as high as 100% and yields are dramatically reduced. Understanding the political and social factors that stymied this promising technology in Thailand may help in devising better strategies for introducing the next generation of biotechnology crops to other countries.
I of course do not know where you stand on this technology, but I am inclined against it. I do not appreciate the proliferation of a fruit or vegetable that monopolizes the market, edging out and marginalizing other varieties to the point of their ultimate disuse and even extinction.
But that’s my view.
Moving on and concluding this post, a July article from The Nation indicated that 2010 will be a bumper year for Thai fruit production:
Thailand faces a glut of various fruits on the domestic market, including rambutan, mangosteen, durian, lychee, longan and coconut….
This is good news for Thai consumers, as they can enjoy our flavourful fruits at a more affordable price. But it’s bad news for farmers, who are facing depressed prices as the supply of fruits is far above the demand. Perhaps now is the time to help absorb the supply of our home grown products.
We can take our pride in our great variety of fruits in the same way Pakistan and India do their mangoes. Thai fruits are second to none in terms of taste and quality, and are now more affordable for the majority of Thais. A decade ago, the prices of many home-grown fruits such as durian, mangosteen and lychee were too high for many people. But nowadays, anyone can enjoy these fruits without having to rob a bank.
We should continue to promote home-grown fruits not only as products, but to promote health. Fruits have a much higher nutritional value than processed foods and junk foods. Let’s face it, our ancestors did not face the obesity problem we are facing today, because they ate fruits for dessert or a snack, instead of candy, chocolate or potato chips. We can all promote our fruits by including them in meals, instead of processed products with a high sugar content – most of which are generally more expensive than home-grown fruits.
TOO MANY ELEPHANTS (Surin, Thailand)
theryosan | November 24, 2009
Surin Elephant Festival 2009
Elephants playing soccer is amazingly adorable
I like 2:45 when the elephant is like
also, elephant poopfest
I liked the music they were playing at the fair.
very folky/Isaan-y 🙂 I think it’s called a Pong Lang ensemble with Kaen (the bamboo free reed thingy), Wot (pan flute), Phin (guitar), Pong-Lang (xylophone) – they were playing pong lang dance. Or is this Morlam? dunno
Surin, Thailand is a land of Elephants indeed.
Elephant Roundup 2009 November 19-22
Fruit car (?) display (19th)
Elephant buffet (20th)
Light and sound show at Sikhoraphum castle (20th)
Elephant show (21st, 22nd)
Thanks to LanguageCorps for helping me find this cute little town that I would have probably never known of otherwise:
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