We love fruits!
Yesterday we had the honour of receiving 13 students and faculty members from Kansas State University, USA. As sensory analysis where their expertise we began at a fruit and vegetable market where we spent money buying pretty much all fruit species for sale, and some interesting vegetables and even red weaver ants. Back at Dokmai Garden we spread out all the products on a long teak wood table and the tasting and discussion began. What a fantastic collection and exchange of experience:
After the display we took a walk in the garden to look at the growing plants. It is a different experience from the market situation, where you can hardly tell if the fruit or vegetable comes from a tree, a vine or a herb. Some products from the market where not easy to identify instantly. One example was ‘som poi’ or Acacia concinna (Fabaceae). In the market its dried bean pods were sold in bundles. We grow a specimen at Dokmai Garden. It trails up into other trees as a prickly vine. Ketsanee and the Thai taxi driver explained this is not a vegetable, but a medicinal plant (laxative) also used to make holy water and soap:
Text & Photo: Eric Danell