MY 5 FAVOURITE THAI FRUITS

I love fruit. I eat it usually in the morning with a yoghurt or porridge or as a snack between meals. Back at home I ate banana, orange, kiwi, grapefruit or grapes most of the time. This changed when the seasons switched and during the summer I was also enjoying blueberries, strawberries, cherries, apricots or raspberries. Of course I wished I could eat nice pineapple or mango for the whole year but it´s just not a good idea in Central Europe because first of all it´s expensive and second of all the fruit is unripe so the taste is just awful.

Luckily, I have the pleasure to experience the real taste and not only that. I have discovered loads of other fruit I haven´t even heard about before. Here are my 6 favourite:

dragon fruit

Also called Pitaya is a fruit of several cactus species. It usually has a dark pink colour with green ends and when you cut it half it´s white with little black seeds. The taste might be boring for some people but I like it because it´s not very sweet. It´s meant to be nutritious, it´s high in fiber, low in calories and rich in vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, iron and calcium.

papaya

There are two kinds of papaya (at least what I am aware of). The orange one you probably know and the green one which that is being used for a Papaya salad in Thailand. This one is made out of a grated green papaya, tomatoes, beans, nuts, chilli, dried shrimps, vinegar and some other spices.

The orange papaya is soft and Christopher Columbus refered to is as a fruit of angels. It´s extremely rich in vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants. You can eat it if you are on a diet because it is very low in calories. What other magics can this fruit make? It boosts your immunity, it´s great for your eyes (vitamin A), improves digestion, prevents signs of ageing and helps to reduce stress.

mangosteen

Once you peel the purple shell you will get white delicious pieces. Thailand is the biggest producer and exporter of mangosteens. Again, rich in vitamin C and it contains good amount of minerals like copper and magnesium.

passion fruit

On the first look this doesn´t look very tempting but when you cut the dark purple ball in half you´ll get deliciously looking seeds with yellow juice. The tast is sweet and tart at the same time. There are about 500 cultivates types of passions, however only two of them are widely cultivated. I haven´t tried the other type, so can´t say  how it is. The fruit is rich in iron, fibre, antioxidants and of course – vitamin C.

coconut

Not really sure if this falls under the category of fruit but it´s pretty amazing. The fresh coconut water is more hydrating that ordinary water, the fat in coconut is extremely low, it has ability to clear up your skin and give it a great moisture. That´s why skin care products, shampoos and lotions containing coconut are more effective. It´s good as a hangover cure, rich in nutrients and it reduces blood pressure.

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