The tropical fruit Rambutan, Nephelium lappaceum, is one of Asia’s best known fruits. The Rambutan fruit looks slightly strange at first, encased in a rather tough reddish skin covered with bristly spines but the Rambutan flesh is succulent and sweet. Widely grown throughout S.E.Asia, Rambutan trees can grow to a height of almost 20 meters [Read More…]


The Jackfruit, Artocarpus heterophyllus, is an enormous tropical fruit which can grow up to about 3 feet in length. Native to S.E.Asia the Jackfruit is the largest tree borne fruit in the world. Jackfruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh. The outer husk of the Jackfruit is hard and spiny, green when the fruit is [Read More…]


Chinese Broccoli is a member of the Brassica Oleracea group which includes Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts. Chinese Broccoli is also known as Gai Lan, Kai Lan or Chinese Kale. Chinese Broccoli is slightly bitter with a hint of pepper. Unlike Broccoli where only the flower buds are eaten, with Chinese Broccoli, the [Read More…]


Fuyu Persimmon make a very refreshing fruit juice drink that brings out the full flavour of the Persimmon fruit. Simplicity itself to make, this Fuyu Persimmon fruit juice drink makes a pleasant change from the more common fruit drinks and is packed with vitamins. You can adjust the sweetness by varying the quantity of sugar. [Read More…]


The astringent Hachiya Persimmon and the Fuyu Persimmon, which is only slightly astringent when unripe, are both fruits of trees of the Diospyros genus. Diospyros means ‘food of the Gods’. The Fuyu Persimmon, Diospyros kaki, resembles a flattened and somewhat squared off tomato with deep orange skin and light orange flesh. Whilst there are several [Read More…]


This Thai Eggplant or aubergine known in Thailand as Makhua Puang, comes from Solanum torvum widely known as Turkey Berry. The fruit are in fact the the small green pea sized berries which grow in large clusters. These berries turn yellow when fully ripe but are harvested for use when they are still green and [Read More…]


Pitaya, better known as Dragon Fruit, is the fruit of a cactus of the genus Hylocereus. Native to Central and South America, Dragon Fruit are now widely grown in S.E.Asia. Dragon Fruit are available in several varieties. There are red skinned Dragon Fruit with red flesh, red skinned Dragon Fruit with white flesh and whilst [Read More…]


One of the most exotic fruity drinks has to be this Dragon Fruit drink, a refreshing and really fruity combination of Dragon Fruit, Banana and Yoghurt. Some people say that Dragon Fruit is fairly tasteless but this recipe brings out all the tropical flavour of this most attractive fruit. Serve it in a glass or [Read More…]


Tamarind is a very large and bushy tree with fruits that vary in length between 7 and 15cm. The fruits are encased in a brittle brown shell which can be prised open easily when the fruit is ripe. Inside this shell, the Tamarind fruit can have anywhere between 1 and 12 brown seeds depending on the variety.


Makhua Phro is a Thai Eggplant or Aubergine about the size of a golf ball. Belonging to the genus Solanum, this Thai Eggplant is one of several eggplants popular in Thailand where they are an essential ingredient in curries including the well known green and red curries.


This Chinese stir fry uses Bok Choy, sometimes known as Chinese Chard or Chinese Mustard. Bok Choy is a member of the Brassica family but doesn’t form a head and is a very popular vegetable in S.E. Asia. This Bok Choy recipe can be used as a side dish but is also delicious eaten on its own


Salacca is a tropical Palm Fruit known as Sala in Thailand. The species for this Palm Fruit is variously given as “Salacca Rumphii. wall”, “Salacca Zalacca” or “Salacca Wallichiana”. Salacca or Sala grows in clusters at the base of the very short stemmed Salacca Palm Trees which are native to S.E. Asia.


Edible Bamboo Shoots are the new growth from a few of the many varieties of Bamboo. Bamboo Shoots are an important food source in Asia but the Bamboo Shoots have to be prepared carefully before use. Young Bamboo Shoots have a very bitter taste and are often woody and difficult to digest, some of the varieties also contain Cyanogens. To prepare Bamboo Shoots for eating, the outer layers should be peeled off and the remaining root is then sliced and boiled in water for 15 – 25 minutes in an uncovered pan.


The Pomelo or Pummelo is an Asian fruit also known as Shaddock. Native to S.E.Asia the Pomelo or Pummelo (Citrus Maxima) is the largest fruit in the Citrus Family. This Asian fruit can weigh up to several kilos. The flesh of the Pomelo is similar in appearance to that of a grapefruit and can be yellow to pinkish red.


Sapodilla is an Asian fruit with a sweet taste slightly similar to a pear. Sapodilla (Manilkara achras), whilst not a native Asian fruit, is widely grown in many Asian countries. Apart from its fruit, the Sapodilla tree is famous for another byproduct, chicle, a latex type sap which at one time was the main ingredient [Read More…]

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