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Postal Weight: 0.55 kg
Thai Name: Krathon
The Santol fruit is also known as wild mangosteen, sandorica and krathon in Thailand. The fruit is believed to be native of the former region of Indochina and Peninsula Malaysia. The fruit was then introduced to Thailand, Indonesia, Borneo, India and the Philippines, where it is now become naturalized.
There are two varieties of the Santol fruit, which are the yellow strain and the red strain. The yellow type is the one that is commonly sold on markets and consumed in Thailand. Both varieties have skin, which can be easily peeled. The skin is also edible, so no problems there. The insides of the fruit contain sticky milk like substance, which can either be sweet or sour. The fruit also contains brown seeds that cannot be consumed. The trees can reach a massive 150 feet in height and grow very quickly. A mature tree can provide over 20,000 fruits per year, which makes the tree highly productive. The tree needs a tropical climate but can also grow at heights above 3,000 feet above sea level, making it a versatile tree and a valuable source of foodstuff.
You can harvest the ripe fruits by simply climbing the tree and picking them yourself or using a stick to prod them off the branches. The sticky substance inside can them be eaten raw or combined with spices. The juice can also be used to make marmalade or candy. The pulp can also be consumed by mixing it with coconut milk and pork and spicy chili to make a tasty dish.
The fruit is seasonal across Southern Asia and you can buy the Krathon on normal Thai markets in season and in supermarkets. The fruit can also be served as a dessert, as most Thai fruits are and are beneficial in many ways.
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