As a vegetarian, my choices of cooked food in the countryside is pretty limited as fish forms the staple diet of the people here. But, this is compensated by an abundant number of exotic tropical fruits that will ensure that you get detox’ed the natural way, while enjoying fruits that you would have never seen before. This rich supply of fruits is possible due to Thailand’s tropical climate and soil conditions that are conducive to their growth.
Well known tropical fruits, include papaya, pineapple, banana, jack fruit, mango and watermelon, but the more exotic fruits are the fleshy mangosteen, the hairy rambutan, the grapefruitlike pomelo, the much prized durian and the pink dragon fruit. These fruits are sold sliced as snacks by street vendors everywhere, and the full range of fresh produce can be seen at most markets.
Out of these fruits, my favorites are the mangosteens that has a melt in the mouth texture, the juicy guavas that taste yumm with a chili dip, the rambutans that taste very much like the lychee and the Durian that looks like a small jack fruit, but has a great tangy taste. The other plus is the availability of Mangoes throughout the year. This is fabulous as I love mangos.
So for all those who think vegetarians will have a tough time in Thailand, think of the brighter or should I say fruitier side.