Santol – a Lanna fruit
Most visitors to Dokmai Garden look puzzled when looking at the santol tree (Sandoricum koetjape, Meliaceae). It is native to the Lanna jungles (northern Thailand), and grows into a tall tree. The fruits are usually ripe in June, but I can still see them for sale in the Chiang Mai markets, probably imported from other parts of Southeast Asia. The fruits are sour, with a taste reminding one of rhubarb. Ice cream made of santol is a treat. Below is a picture of the fruit, so you know what to look for in the markets.