"Eating Bangkok's Unique Oranges" Street Food Tip by Chyan
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In Bangkok, orange (som-tra, Citrus sinensis) is not orange in colour. It is green. An un-discerned tourist may mistake the green orange as lime (manau), but it is not lime.
The type of Thai orange common in summer in Bangkok is the som-khewa (Citrus sinensis Siam), which means "orange-green-sweet" in Thai.
Som-khewa tastes sweet but it turns sour before it resumes its sweetness in one's bud. It is the miracle fruit of the citrus world.
At TOPS, each som-khewa to nylon red packs of som-khewa are sold at between 39 Baht to 57 Baht. There is the commercial name Frinnant Orange, an obloid som-khewa larger than a typical som-khewa. The latter is usually smaller than a Frinnant Orange.
A som-khewa can be as small as a lime and it has only a thin layer of green outer skin. When its green outer skin is peeled, a bright orange cross-section is noticed.
A street vendor near Soi Saphan Khu often shows this lime-like som-khewa's epicarp and prepares a plastic bottle of som-khewa juice for sale at around 20 Baht, although I did not buy it because I doubted its authentic origins.
I bought my first few som-khewa packs at TOPS and from a street vendor outside TOPS at 30 Baht, instead.
Som-khewa is grown in the northern parts of Bangkok and the eastern side of Chiang Mai, according to a street vendor. It has less juice than a mandarin orange and thus it is quite heaty in quality. Its one to two less protective clavate seeds can be crushed like green melon seeds and are edible.
Som-khewa ranges from the shape of a lime to a persimmon, and it is never as round as an orange.
Address: TOPS Supermarket
Directions: Near Saphan Taksin BTS Station
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