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Hugh and I are about to embark on a 3 month long tour of Southeast Asia, and we have quite a bit in store for us. I am just bursting with excitement about getting to try all the wonderful exotic fruits and the delicious food that region has to offer. I will try to blog as often as I can about all the neat foods I am trying, but in the meantime here are some of the fruits native to that region that I can’t wait to eat:

Durian: also known as ‘The King of Fruits” in Asia. It supposedly has an extremely strong odor, and is in fact banned in some public areas, such as hotels, malls and subways. However, its taste is considerably more pleasant. Some have described the texture and flavor as ‘a rich custard highly flavored with almonds’. It is also rich in energy, fibre, minerals and vitamins. It is considered a strong blood cleanser, and Asian legend say that durian is a powerful aphrodisiac. Awesome, can’t wait to try it!

Mangosteen: Hugh and I had the pleasure of trying some here in Toronto, purchased in China Town. These round little fruit have a taste very similar to peaches, so sweet and wonderful. They are however extremely pricey to purchase here. I’m glad they are much more readily available in Southeast Asia. The health claims for mangosteens have been popping up everywhere. It has been proven to relieve if not correct some skin conditions, allergies, nervous system, cardiovascular system, urinary, and digestive problems!

Custard Apple: supposedly they ‘taste something like banana and pineapple combined’, and has a rich custard like texture. Mmmm sounds good to me! It too is a powerhouse of nutrition – filled with vitamins and minerals, good for energy, and can combat a bunch of ailments!

Jackfruit: it is said to be the largest tree-fruit in the world. Supposedly the flesh has a crisp texture, with a strong, sweet flavor. It is full of health benefits, and can lower blood pressure, fight against stomach ulcers and can slow down the degeneration of cells that make the skin look young and vital. Sweet!

Salak aka Snakeskin fruit: I read somewhere that ‘it looks like garlic cloves, it has the texture of garlic cloves, but tastes like a cross between a pineapple and a pear’. It has a bunch of health benefits as well, such as easing heartburn and digestive disturbances.

Longan: described as extremely sweet and juicy. It is used as a remedy for stomachache, insomnia, and amnesia. The fruit is said to invigorate the heart and spleen, nourish the blood and have a calming effect on the nervous system.

I can’t wait to try all these, but I mostly can’t wait to eat tons of the super healthy tropical fruits such as papaya, pineapple, and coconut. I heard vegetarianism is still not very common over there, so when I have nothing else to eat I know I’ll get plenty of nourishment from these fruits. And there’s always white rice!

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