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Santol – a Lanna fruit

August 3, 2010

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.

Ketsanee Seehamongkol

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