1.The King of Fruit: Durian
Famous for its overpowering scent, the Durian is considered a delicacy by many across Southeast Asia.
Once you have sniffed one out in the local market, I recommend getting your hands on a clothes peg and tucking straight in. Its thick husk is green in colour, covered with injury-inducing spikes after which it is named (duri means thorn in traditional Malay dialect).
However, once you have fought your way through the husk, a creamy reward awaits, tasting of rich custard with a hint of almond. Celebrated throughout Asia, there is not only a World Durian Festival held in Thailand, but also a building inspired by the fruit in Singapore (The Esplanade).
But be warned: this odorous fruit is banned from many hotels and public transport across S.E.Asia...
2.The Queen of Fruit: Mangosteen
Inside its inedible waxy, purple skin, hides the Queen of fruits, the Mangosteen.
Often termed a “super- fruit” due to its exceptionally high nutritional and antioxidant level, the juicy white flesh is shaped like a tangerine, split into small segments of pleasure and tasting somewhat like pineapple and peaches.
Easily peeled by hand, this fruit is the perfect rehydrator on a busy day at the market. Widely grown in Southeast Asia, Vietnam once had the largest Mangosteen orchard in the World.
Now titled the national fruit of Thailand, legend has it that Queen Victoria of England loved the Mangosteen so much that she offered knighthood to anyone who could deliver her one in pristine ripeness…
Written and contributed by Laura Davies