Coconut makes an ideal refreshing drink. Its soft white flesh of the young fruit
is delightful as a snack. As desserts, coconut is cooked as custard, or as a candy,
as crispy strips cooked in brown syrup and countless other confections. Coconut flesh
and milk is also widely used in Thai cooking, especially in soups and curries.
Jackfruit ( Khanun )
The fruit may have a strong smell, but is blessed with a sweet taste. It can be eaten
raw as a snack, with ice cream or mixed with other fruits and coconut milk. The cooked
seeds are also found in many dishes.
Pineapple ( Sapparot )
This fruit with light yellow flesh can either be eaten fresh (a pinch of salt enhances
the flavour), or used as an ingredient in cooking such as in a spicy soup called
kaeng khua sapparot. Alternatively, they are pressed into juice, which is very refreshing
Watermelon ( Taeng Mo )
Watermelon is known for its sweet and refreshing characteristic. They are often eaten
dipped in salt following a spicy dinner. The juice is often used as a beverage.
Pomelo ( Som-o )
Pomelo is much sweeter and may need a touch of salt to bring out the best taste,
when comparing to grapefruit. This Thai version of the grapefruit can be eaten fresh
or as a dessert. They are also used as an ingredient in several salads, or squeezed
to make a perfect refreshing drink