Wednesday, June 22, 2011

That time of year again

There is always some type of fruit available here, whatever the season. Not only do we have regional fruits, but we also get fruits imported from all over the world. We seem to see a lot of Australian kiwis, apples and oranges. We get pears from Korea and America, cherries and strawberries also from America. Peaches, nectarines and certain apples from either America or Japan. So we get our home-grown fruits if we're willing to pay a steep premium. Example, about 25 dollars from a box of 16 strawberries. 12-15 dollars for a pint-sized tray of cherries. Expensive.

But one thing about here, Thailand, is that we pay mere pennies for the fruits that are likewise super expensive back in the States. A kilogram of Mangosteen, for example, in this picture is just under $2...but this photo was taken at the beginning of the season, now we are in the middle and towards the end of the Mangosteen season and we are finding them from between $.50 to $1 per kilogram (2.2 lbs!!) You couldn't buy a single mangosteen back home for a buck I'm guessing. I remember they were like $25 per kilo in Amman when Pae lived there.

So yeah, we may be strawberry starved, but we have all kinds of tropical fruits here and recently we started eating them a lot more, while they're in season!

If you can name all five fruits (there is actually a sixth fruit visible in one of the photos) you're pretty awesome! I'm sure I post a fruit post annually! Been here over 4 years and I still love looking at all of the different fruits!

1 comment:

Bumble Bee T said...

I'm jealous! I love the fruits from Thailand, and prefer them to the American standards, but they cost a lot here, and are never as good of course! Another month or two before rambutan season? At least I remember getting them by the boxful in August when I was there.

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