Thai Fruit Harvest

For you!

Thailand is home to a large variety of delicious fruits, seasonal such as durian, rambutan, mangosteen, longan, lychee etc. and all-year-round, such as papaya, guava, coconut, orange, banana, pineapple etc. In Betong, among the popular native fruits are orange, durian, rambutan, mangosteen and longkong.

Due to too many orchards and the overwhelming supply of fruits like durian, rambutan, longkong and mangosteen, the price has gone down tremendously. Furthermore, the safety concerns in Southern Thailand had caused a big slide in sales. To help the farmers in Southern Thailand, the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry had decided to buy the fruits like longkong, at certain guaranteed prices, depending on its quality.

The municipality of Betong had also arranged a meeting between the local orchard owners and a cooperative under the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority of Malaysia, hoping to learn from their experience and to open the door for fruits export and re-export. Though nothing solid had been arrived, the meeting was a fruitful start to exchange information and ideas.

The meeting

Last year I was too busy to “enjoy” the fruits seasons, so this year I decided to have a suburb drive. I was so excited to see so many different kinds of fruits so near to me, along both sides of roads. A lot of fruits were already ripen but the owners just let them be because cost of labor collecting out weighted the sales value. I wished I could fill up my car with fruits and drive back to Kuala Lumpur for my friends!

The fruits

I also visited one of the former communist leaders in the communist village. Though it was the first time I visited them, his son and grandchildren were so friendly and eager to show me their orchard just behind their house. There were durian, mangosteen, longkong and rambutan. The kids were so excited to show me around the different kinds of fruits. We just pluck and enjoyed the fruits right there.

Their simplicity and happiness impressed me and their smiles have infected and warmed my heart… Look at the pictures, hope it does the same to you too! 🙂

This article is written for them!

8 responses to “Thai Fruit Harvest

  1. Sorry, forgot to write the title!

  2. I love durian and mangosteen.
    Please let me know when is the best time to go to Betong to enjoy the seasonal fruits
    Thanks

  3. ST, Are you going to show us some of the tunnels built by the Communist? I am sure the readers will be interested to see them.
    Surich, you said “seasonal” fruits. So you need to tell ST what fruits are you like. When are you coming to KL again? Chaiyo.

  4. Your stories are really making me want to go down south to visit your area. Keep up the good work!

  5. 1. In fact ‘seasonal fruits’ season in Betong is over, but of course there are still fruits around.
    2. Plan to write 100 blogs about Betong and life here, including the communist story, at my own pace…
    3. Welcome here. Hopefully wait till we have had 100 dates or when I finish my thesis, I will be a great host! Another one year…may be! 🙂

  6. I enjoy reading your blogs. They are short and sweet, informative and interesting. Looking forward for more! Best wishes.

  7. I love the Mangosteen fruit and believe it or not, named my resort after it! The Mangosteen Resort & Spa, a small luxury Boutique Resort in Phuket’s green South! We have about 20 Mangosteen trees in the garden and offer Mangosteen ice cream, jam, wine, soap, shampoo, scrubs and of course the original fruit for breakfast. But even if you don’t like to eat Mangosteen, the resort is great anyway. We call it Phuket’s best kept secret because it is small, hidden away, very private and hard to find. Mostly romantic people come to stay at the resort, honeymooners especially.

  8. Hi,

    Love mangosteens too…what a super champion among fruits! Made sorbet with it, you can’t taste any sorbet better than that