Thai Snapshot: My Fruit Obsession


I’ve become a bit obsessed with these fruits: mangosteen, rambutans, and salak. The salaks look distinctively like a pair of testicles that have just completed a one mile swim in Antarctica.

That’s not why I like them, though!

Okay—that is why I like them …

But not for eating. When I’m upset, I put them in my fist and crush them.

Just kidding.

Sort of.

Totally kidding!

Sort of.

Et cetera …

What is your favourite tropical fruit that looks like genitalia?

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  • Jade Craven May 4, 2012, 1:57 am

    Need. to. go. to. Thailand!

    I love wacky fruit. I used to wait until they were seasonal and pay excessively high prices just to try new ones :) It drives me nuts that I can’t find loquats anywhere it stores – I’ve bought a tree so I can have them in my own place :)

    Awesome fruit is a totally a good reason to travel ;)

  • Leigh May 4, 2012, 3:28 am

    Love love love rumbutans – which I was always told were called “hairy cherries.” Kinda gross. But my all-time favorite fruit when I lived in Bangkok: dragon fruit. You should definitely get your hands on one.

    Enjoy Thailand.

  • Eric Nepomnaschy May 4, 2012, 3:34 am

    hey you!
    had one of my patients yesterday ask me if I knew or was related to you!

  • Annette | Bucket List Journey May 4, 2012, 1:24 pm

    I’m still laughing about your description of salak! Now I want to eat one or crush two ;)

  • Hannah May 4, 2012, 6:05 pm

    Bwahaha! I am so buying some of these as soon as I get to Thailand. To crush or not to crush… that is the question :)

  • Andi of My Beautiful Adventures May 4, 2012, 8:57 pm

    Hahaha they look so good!

  • Meg | One Love Meg May 6, 2012, 9:06 am

    I’ve never had any of these!! Where have I been? I’ll try them on my travels. I’ll make sure of it!

  • Denise May 7, 2012, 12:56 am

    hahahahahahahaha – that’s all I can say

  • Aniko May 9, 2012, 10:22 pm


    Wait… Is that a tropical fruit? :D

    I love love love mangosteem! The best fruit I ever tried in Asia.

  • Jan Bass May 10, 2012, 3:27 am


    No explanation needed, I hope.

  • Michi June 17, 2012, 2:34 pm

    Tropical fruit has to be one of my favorite things. I have so many memories of wandering through shady Central American markets as a child with my mom, and trying varieties of strange, new fruits until I was full up! I’d love to try southeast Asian fruit!

  • Clare Edwards June 23, 2012, 9:34 am

    Lychees are rather red and dingly dangly, but let’s face it – you can’t really go past the old banana – the original genitalia like tropical fruit.

  • Sara June 24, 2012, 2:30 pm

    i luv “salak” fruit very much!

  • Cath August 13, 2012, 12:53 am

    Maybe you’ll love the lansones in the Philippines. Not sure if the Thais do have one.. But rambutans are especially nice when juicy and in season they’re extra sweeet! :)

  • Sophy Akin August 14, 2012, 6:16 am

    I love mangosteen and rambutan but I haven’t heard nor tasted salak. How does it taste? There are other tropical fruits I’m sure you will love like mangoes, lanzones and suha.