For those who like to eat seasonal fruit, it may be a long wait to have them, as the trees only bear fruit once a year. However the good news is your wait is finally over for four of them.
As a hot and humid country, land in Cambodia is good for growing a number of tropical fruits. The trees bear fruit during the Khmer New Year in April right up until mid-year in June-July. Among them are the durian, mangosteen, santol and java plum.
You may wonder why you should eat these seasonal fruits now, since you can also buy them at other times of the year. With international trade, you can now find almost any of these fruit on the market at any given time. The easier-to-find fruit are the ones also grown in neighbouring countries. Due to high demand from locals for some fruits, Cambodia also imports fruits from abroad to meet the demand.
Even so, local people are always are concerned about food safety issues. They believe that eating imported fruit does not have the health benefits because of the overuse of chemicals. Some fruit lovers are willing to spend a little more money to buy local products that have little or no pesticides used.
There are reasons you should eat locally grown seasonal fruits, read below to know why:
Speaking to a seasonal fruit seller in Phnom Penh, Mony Phalla said seasonal fruits are less likely to contain harmful chemicals. This is one reason why you should eat them when they are in season. People are willing to buy durians despite being pricy. Ms Phalla said the durian season started about three months ago. Those who like to eat this fruit should buy them while it remains in season as they are cheaper and are of better quality compared to the other times they are sold. The price of durian currently starts from $3 to $10 per kilogramme.
Ms Phalla said mangosteens are said to be tasty and have many health benefits. This fruit is said to grow well in Koh Kong and Kampong Cham provinces. Her foreign customers like to buy this fruit as they said it is difficult to find them in their own country. In addition, she said, mangosteens sold in Cambodia are cheap and fresh. The price of mangosteens starts from $2 to $4 per kilogramme.
The fruit is well liked among Cambodians. Java plum has a mix of bitter, sour and sweet taste. Some of the plants grow naturally in rice fields allowing people to have free access to the fruit. Today, some people in the provincial areas are growing them on a commercial basis. When Java plum is in season, it is easily available as you will find many fruit sellers selling them in front of their homes. Ms Phalla said, there is a big market for this purple fruit for those living in the capital. She said currently her Java plum tree is giving its first yield and she will have them in time for the next season. The price for Java plum starts from $1.5 to $7 depending on the size.
Santol can be grown in any kind of soil. Ms Phalla said people living in some provincial areas in Cambodia including herself, like to plant this fruit at home for their own consumption. She added, due to the abundance of the produce, they have the opportunity to make a living by selling them. Santol fruit tastes sweet and sour. Most commonly it is eaten with salt. The price of Santol fruit starts from $0.5per kilogramme to $3 depending on the size.
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