Tropical Fruit Installment 13: Santol
For my next two fruit installments, I’ve got some guests visiting from Thailand. Meet, santol.
I first spotted this fruit when I went to the market with my cooking class in Bangkok. I asked the instructor and he told me the Thai name which sounds nothing like the English name I found by Googling (I really do hope it’s the correct name). I didn’t get a chance to buy one then, so when I saw a fruit stand on Ko Phi Phi Don, I couldn’t resist.
The vendor asked if I wanted the fruit cut and since I had no idea which parts were edible, I said “yes.” She sat down on a stool in the back of the small, hot shop and she peeled the santol, with pieces falling on a giant jack fruit below. She cut slivers into the fruit so we could tear it off conveniently.
Santol had a custard-like consistency. To eat the fruit you end up sucking on the white part to get the flavor. It tasted fruity, but it also has a bit of a basil flavor to it as well.
It’s not a fruit I would buy on a regular basis, but I’m glad I gave it a go. Afterall, we did end up eating every last bit: