Various Street Stalls: "Street Food : Dien taw, fruit" Street Stalls and Vendors Tip by bpacker

Street Stalls and Vendors, Chiang Mai: 15 reviews and 25 photos

  A South American Fruit in Thailand
by bpacker

Look out for this odd, tear-dropped shaped fruit the next time you're in Chiang Mai. It's called "dien taw" and it's sold for 60B a kilo. It's definitely not catered for the mass market as it has an acquired taste - the orangey flesh is sweet but dry and starchy. I did some research after I went back and I got a shock when I found out that that the fruit had a South American origin. It's known as the lucuma and it is described as one of the last crops of the Incas. Interesting! It still makes me wonder though, how an Incan fruit could make its way to South East Asia.

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  • Updated Jun 13, 2007
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