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banana BANANA (Gluay)
Three varieties are available; Horm, Nam Wah and Khai.
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cantaloupe CANTALOUPE
Very similar to that in Europe and America, though not as sweet.
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coconut COCONUT (Maprao)
Mature coconuts are used to make coconut cream. Young coconuts are used to make coconut juice.
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custard apple CUSTARD APPLE (Noi Naa)
Sweet fruit with many seeds and pale green bumpy outer skin.
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durian DURIAN (Turian)
The strong aroma usually prevents visitors from trying this soft, yellow fruit that is eaten by pinching it open.
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gandaria GANDARIA or PLUM MANGO (Ma-prang)
A mixture of sweet and sour tastes. The peel can also be eaten.
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gooseberry GOOSEBERRY (Ma-yom)
Small yellow berries used in desserts and jams. Taste is a bit sour.
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grapes GRAPES (A-ngoon)
Purple and white varieties. Both contain seeds.
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guava GUAVA (Farang)
Thais prefer to eat this while still hard, dipped in sugar and dried pepper.
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jackfruit JACKFRUIT (Ka-noon)
A sweet yellow fruit covered with a thick skin. Enormous in size. Buy by the 'keed' (100 gm).
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jujube JUJUBE (Poodza)
Similar in taste to the apple, this is an oval green fruit known to Thais as the 'Thai Apple'.
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langsart LANGSART
A sweet fruit with a pale brown skin that must be carefully peeled with the fingers. An inner stone is quite bitter, so try not to bite it.
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litchi LITCHEE (Lynchee)
Sweet, juicy fruit inside a hard, red peel. An Asian favorite.
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longan LONGAN (Lumyai)
Luscious white fruit with a dark brown skin or shell. Easily peeled and sold in bunches on unpicked branch shoots.
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mango MANGO (Ma-muang)
A heavenly treat when eaten ripe with sticky rice and coconut cream. For a tart, salty flavor, eat unripened with Thai sauce.
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mangosteen MANGOSTEEN (Mahng-koot)
Dark purple peel with sweet, white fruit inside. Fragrant and aromatic
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orange ORANGE (Som Cheng)
This variety has a thick, green dessert in a restaurant.
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papaya PAPAYA
Main ingredients of "Sohm-Tumm" a spicy green papaya salad. Ripened fruit should be eaten with fresh lime squeezed on top.
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pineapple PINEAPPLE (Sapa-rot)
Mostly from South Thailand. Oddly enough, Chiangrai and Lampang have unique varieties.
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pomelo POMELO (Som-oh)
Similar to grapefruit in size and taste, this fruit has a thick peel and is not sour.
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rambutan RAMBUTAN (Ngaw)
Juicy with fruit inside a spiky red skin. Easy to pinch open, it's a sweet dessert dish in many of Thailand's restaurants.
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rose apple ROSE APPLE (Cham-poo)
Bell-shaped fruit similar to the apple, though not as tart. You'll see it in green or pink.
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santol SANTOL (Gra-torn)
The yellow flesh of this fruit is usually pickled. The taste is 'salty-sour'.
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sapodilla SAPODILLA (La-moot)
An oval shaped fruit with brown peel, it is usually carved before serving.
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star apple STAR APPLE (Ma-feung)
A tart yellow fruit when ripe. Star-shaped when cross cut.
                       
strawberry STRAWBERRY
This well-known fruit is now found almost everywhere. December and January are the best months in Chiangmai.
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watermelon WATERMELON (Tang-mo)
Same great flavor as at home, red or yellow.
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