Fruity Seasons

29 May 2016

Fruit shakes, smoothies, fresh fruit for breakfast, afternoon snacks, fruit is part of life on Koh Phangan!

But what season is right for each one? With the introduction of import and larger supermarkets to the island it is easier to get fruit all year round now but buy local and support the Phangan people and know when fruit is in season for better results in terms of health benefits and freshness.

Here are some of your most popular fruits and the correct times of when they are in season…

Click on their names for more information and health benefits

Bananas
We’re really spoilt here in Thailand, bananas are available all year round. Apart from the smaller khai banana which is in season from August to November.

Young Coconuts
Lots - March to September & December to July
Average - January to February & August

If you want the best fresh coconut water then you’re in luck for most of the year, for only three months at the beginning is there just an average harvest, the rest of the time they are abundant.

Dragon Fruit
Lots - May to August
Average - Rest of the year

Our crazy looking pink friends are at their best during the warmer months, here at Phanganist HQ we have dragonfruit plants and can assure you that they have the best taste when they are fresh off the tree!

Durian
August to October

As we are in the South, Koh Phangan gets a slightly later harvest of durian, the smelly stinky fruit. You either love it or hate it.

Jackfruit
January to August

Jackfruit is a delicious fruit, almost with the taste and texture of those chewy sweets you may of had as a kid but natural and healthier! It can be used in savoury dishes as a meat substitute as well.

Mango
January to June & November to December

It’s surprising to discover that some of Thailand’s favourite fruits are not available all year round so this is something to look out for. As you can see, the juicy typically tropical is one of them.

Mangosteen
August to October

Mongosteens are delicious! With their plum coloured thick skin giving way to a fleshy segmented centre, reap the rewards of the fruit for the couple of months a year that you can!

Papaya
January to June & October to December

Papaya has many health benefits which you can read about here http://phanganist.com/koh-phangan-eat-amp-drink-nature-article/papaya-is... and one of Phangan’s most popular dishes ‘Som Tam’ papaya salad will help you enjoy it even more.

Pineapple
Lots - June to August & November to December
Average - Rest of the year

Ever seen a pineapple grow? It’s quite a surprise when you see it for the first time. They come from the ground when lots of people imagine them from trees. Luckily for us they are available all year round but better during the months stated.

Rambutan
April to October

These prickly looking things are actually soft, a bit like lychees, rambutans contain lots of iron, help your skin and help boost your body's immunity.

Watermelon
Lots - February to April & July to September
Average - Rest of the year

Watermelons are delicious and very hydrating, perfect cold from the fridge on a hot day. Although available all year round, try getting them when they are in their peak months for the best flavour!