If you are a fruit lover and you come to Thailand you are going to have a great time!
Thailand has a huge abundance of fresh, delicious fruits some of which you will have a difficult time finding in other parts of the world.
If you ever wondered how to say these fruits in Thai, keep reading!
1) Durian ทุเรียน
Probably the most divisive fruit on this list is the Durian. Some people hate it and some people love it. It is infamous for its bad smell and creamy texture. In fact, it is banned in many hotels, airports, and establishments due to the smell.
ทุเรียน tú rian : Durian
2) Mangosteen มังคุด
Mangosteen also known as the Queen of Fruits in Thailand is another delicious fruit. It has a purple exterior, a green stem, and inside it has soft white seeds that you can suck and eat.
มังคุด mang-kút : Mangosteen
3) Mango มะม่วง
This one is probably a fruit everyone is familiar with. Mangos are one of the most popular fruits to eat in Thailand. They are not just eaten as a fruit but also are incorporated into many Thai dishes and Salads.
For dessert, you can order mango and sticky rice (ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง Khao Niaow Ma Muang).
For food, you can order mango salad which uses unripe mangoes.
มะม่วง má-mûang : Mango
4) Dragon Fruit แก้วมังกร
This is a colorful, weird-looking BUT delicious fruit. The inside is white with little black dots and the outside is usually pink.
แก้วมังกร gâew mang-gon : Dragon Fruit
5) Jackfruit ขนุน
The Jackfruit is another popular fruit in Thailand. At first glance, from the exterior, it looks like a durian but the Jackfruit doesn’t have such a spiky shell like the durian. The spikes on the Jackfruit are smaller and more like pebbles.
ขนุน kà-nŭn : Jackfruit
6) Banana กล้วย
This is another popular fruit worldwide that is also popular in Thailand. Thais eat them raw, in chips, and baked goods. There are different kinds of bananas in Thailand that you can find.
กล้วย glûay : Banana
7) Coconut มะพร้าว
The coconut is one of the most used Thai Fruits. You can eat them as-is and drink the water. You will find many stalls selling coconut and you can watch the worker cut it in front of you with a large machete.
You will also find the coconut used in many dishes such as curries, soups, etc. For example tom yam (ต้มยำ dtôm yam), Massaman curry (แกงมัสมั่น gaeng má-sà-màn), sticky rice (ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วง Khao Niaow Ma Muang), etc.
มะพร้าว má-práao : Coconut
8) Lychee ลิ้นจี่
The lychee is a delicious small sweet fruit that is shaped like a golf ball. The outside is brownish-red and the inside is a white ball.
ลิ้นจี่ lín jèe : Lychee
9) Rambutan เงาะ
Rambutan is another strange looking fruit that is not typically found in western countries. It is usually red and has lots of spikes sticking out. The inside is white and resembles a lychee.
เงาะ Ngór : Rambutan
10) Papaya มะละกอ
A very famous dish is papaya salad also known as somtam (ส้มตำ sôm dtam). It is made with shredded unripe papaya (green papaya). Once ripe the papaya turns orange inside.
มะละกอ Má-lá-gor : Papaya
11) Tamarind มะขาม
There are 2 kinds of tamardind. There is a sweet one which is delicious for a snack and the sour one which is mostly used for cooking.
In fact, the most popular Thai dish, pad thai (ผัดไทย), contains Tamarind paste as an ingredient.
Tamarind is also a popular candy snack.
มะขาม Má-kăam : Tamarind