Fah Thai Magazine Nov/Dec 2017

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

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.

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