Tropical Fruits To Eat In Singapore

Singapore has some of the best food in the world but it also has some unique fruits that should be sought out when visiting this island country.

Having lived in Singapore for two years I can attest to the fact that this island country offers some of the best cuisine of any Asian country. They offer a little bit of everything and that included unique fruits that must be sought if you ever visit this wonderful place.

One of the more notable fruits for this area of the world is Durian, considered the king of fruits because of how big it is and its overpowering smell. The smell is what makes it notable followed by its sweet, creamy and pudding-like flavor. It is not available all year round but when it is in season (May- August), Singaporeans will put in their order requests for anyone traveling across the bridge to Malaysia. Parties will be planned around Durian, a fruit I don't particularly care for. The smell can be so offensive that many have banned it from public buildings and taxis.

It looks like an oversized cantaloupe with big spikes.

While Durian may be a bit strong my absolute favorite fruit find is a small "queen" fruit called Mangosteen. I can eat these by the mesh bag. They are the size of a tangerine with a semi-hard reddish coating. Enclosed inside the fruit are four to eight white segments and the taste is sweetly acidic. Mangosteens are also fairly seasonal and run in tandem with Durian. It hails from Thailand and is prolific in May throughout the rainy season.

Rambutans are in season from May to September and they are very visible in the local grocery stores and fruit markets. These fruits are red with a hairy, spiky skins and incredibly sweet flesh. Try and eat them between these months as they are at their best then.

Longan is a bit slimy looking to me and a taste I did not quite develop a taste for it. It is served cold on many dessert buffet tables at restaurants, especially Thai. A small, round, brown fruit that is in season from

June until August and brought to work in bags for sharing.

Lychee is a fruit that is good canned or fresh. Lychees are a small fruit with a brittle skin that peels without any problems. The pulp is fairly clear with one shiny seed inside. You will frequently see them peeled and in large bowls on dessert buffet tables.

Though mango is not native to Singapore, when you see it snap it up. This, along with Mangosteen, can make the menu special if you serve this sliced fresh along side sweet sticky rice with coconut cream (thai-style). They will be expensive in the Singaporean grocery stores so try and find them at some of the "wet" markets. These are the outdoor fruit stalls.

Mango is a fairly large fruit, the size of a narrow grapefruit. The skin is of a greenish red with a sweet orange flesh with a large pit in the center. Slice and eat around the pit.

Star fruit gets its name from the result of how the fruit is cut. The skin is a waxy green/yellow, it is oblong and has five angles. When you cut the fruit horizontally, it resembles a star. It tastes sweet with an acidic aftertaste. Star fruit is not a favorite but still worth a try.

The fruit in Singapore is most expensive at Jason's and Cold Storage at Ngee Ann City. Try the wet markets first for abundant fresh produce at reasonable prices.

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