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Fah Thai Magazine Nov/Dec 2017

“FAH THAI” is the in-flight magazine of Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited and is edited and published by MPMI Group Ltd.

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OVERTURES ON THE MENU / FRUITFUL FINDS WORDS & PHOTO KAY CHOOMONGKOL Tropical Love The loveable pineapple has a prickly exterior yet hides a sweet juiciness inside. The taste shouts of summer, and the fruit has inspired motifs of pineapple prints on plenty of shirts and shorts. Thorny spikes known as ‘eyes’ cover its pinecone-shape and the pineapple’s green spiky leaves need careful handling, yet a bite of this tropical fruit magically cools you. Sip any tangy fruit drink with pineapple and it gives you a taste of paradise. Thought to have originated in South America, the pineapple was first discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. The fruit travelled to Europe to be cultivated, but it was better suited to a tropical climate. By the end of the 16th century, many European colonies with warmer climes began growing them. It also made its way to Thailand around the same time and thrived. The sweetest and most popular pineapple is the Batavia or Si Racha pineapple grown in Chon Buri, Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan. With a juicy yellow interior and bigger in size, it tastes sweeter than the Phuket pineapple, so named after its place of origin. The Phuket pineapple shares the same characteristics with the petite Phu Lae pineapple. Both are pale yellow, not too juicy but sweet and brittle with a bite. The other two types are the heirloom Intharachit, found in Cha Choeng Sao province, and Nang Lae, nurtured in Nang Lae sub-district of Chiang Rai. Although not that juicy, the latter has a unique honey scent and tastes very sweet. The pineapple with its juice that’s sweet and tart is adored around the world. It can be eaten fresh, juiced, cooked or preserved, and crucial to a piña colada cocktail! The fruit serves as a surprising ingredient in some Thai savoury recipes such as Pineapple Curry with mussels or as small bites in the royal cuisine inspired Thai canapés called ‘Maa Hor,’ with steamed mince pork on pieces of pineapple. Try not to overindulge in its sweetness – too much of the fruit and its enzymes can cause lips and tongue to experience some sensitivity. Luckily, the delicious fruit benefits the immune system, aids in digestion and reduces inflammation. 28