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Found these in the shops today, must be in season as they are everywhere. Never seen them before and labeled Manow Ho in the supermarket, a bit if research revealed them to be Mariam Plum – more here.

About the size of a grape, these were sour in flavour, somewhat toned down by the sweet chilli paste dip.

Marian plum

Marian plum

 

The selection of foods in Thai markets can be baffling to westerners; and that’s only the stuff they see in mainstream markets. Move out of the big cities and the selection becomes even more strange. This is a market on the highway between Chiang Mai and Lampang; at the moment (May) it has some jungle produce that is very seasonal – in particular mushrooms – but also some strange (to me) vegetables and fruits.

Some of these vegetables actually do fight back – I think this is the first time I have ever been warned to be careful about eating a vegetable… the spiky one below – the trick is to snap off the young fronds and eat those with other veg. The flavours are beyond what I can describe, but I can honestly say I have never tasted anything like it.

Thai Market - no idea what this fruit is...

Thai Market – Gac Fruit, Vietnamese in origin

In the UK we see the ‘Man in the moon’ – a face on  the surface of the moon, in Thailand they see a rabbit; you may never look at the moon the same way again – what has been seen can not be unseen…

The different view is helped by the slightly different angle of view in each country.

Rabbit Moon

Rabbit Moon

Rabbit Moon

Rabbit Moon

Moon Face

Moon Face

Apologies for my drawing abilities…

 

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