Tropical fruit

During the day, it’s about 90 degrees and 90% humidity in Bangkok. While loads of Thai people seem comfortable lounging around in jeans (I’ve even seen a few sweatshirts), Alex and I are wilting. I think it’s going to be a little while longer until we get used to the steam room-esque conditions.

In the mean time, as we wander the streets we’ve been stopping by fruit vendors and juice shops to keep us going. The array of fruit is amazing! There are plenty of fruits that we’re accustomed to seeing (mango, pineapple and carrots) and some that I’ve seen a few times before (dragonfruit, mangosteen and rambutan — Trader Joe’s carried those last two dried). But, there are some that are new to me, like the green one below.

The guy selling the green fruit told me it’s called something like wu wu. We haven’t tried it yet, but it looks like we’re going to have to pick up a bunch of these different fruits and cut into them before the trip is over. I’m so intrigued!

So, the fruits are sold whole, but they’re also widely available in smoothies. Both on the street and in sit-down restaurants, we just point to the fruits we want and they’re thrown in a blender (often a Vitamix, to my amazement). Here I am, picking up a few smoothies in MBK mall as we waited out a massive rainstorm. As a side note, the mall was 7 stories high and absolutely brimming with goods — it was simultaneously totally overwhelming and awe-inspiring.

The next fruity drink I’m interested in trying out are these combined fruit juice and tea concoctions (at least, that’s what I think they are) that are sold on pushcarts around town and in a few cafes. Some of the drinks have grass jelly floating in them, like I’ve seen in bubble tea shops in the States. So far I’ve held off buying one, though, because we’re wary of drinking the water. I guess we’ll see how long our resolve holds up (if only you could feel the heat and imagine how appealing any sort of drink at all begins to look)!

And that’s the food skinny from our first couple days in the country. I’m still getting used to the raging street food scene here (food everywhere!). Right now I’m intimidated by most of the food carts. There’s all sorts of stuff that I can’t quite identify and I’m pretty sure is not vegetarian. So, we’re easing into that slowly. But, tomorrow we’re going to cooking school! I’m so excited about the day’s cooking menu — can’t wait to tell you more.

In the mean time, does anyone know about the green fruit (is it really called wu wu)? And are there any other fruits we should look out for?


7 thoughts on “Tropical fruit

    • Good idea, Chuck. Could be! They’re the size of a large grapefruit. The interior seems to be green, too (at least, that’s the color of the peeled ones that were for sale, but I haven’t seen one split in half).

      • Chuck for the win! It IS a guava — a green guava. The Thai people call them farang, which is also their slang word for a gringo. This might explain why the fruit vendor was looking at me so strangely when I asked him for the name of the fruit. Evidently there’s jokes about farang eating farang. Which, of course, I wouldn’t mind doing — love guava!

  1. So cool to hear you guys are in SE Asia. Isn’t it awesome! I know you mentioned mangosteen, have you tried them? They have become my favorite fruit. The flavor is so subtle and sweet and the color of the inner shell is stunning.
    Enjoy your travels!

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