HOW TO BUY MANGOSTEEN IN THAI MARKET
Perhaps one of the main advantages of the low season in Phuket is the wide availability and low cost of one of the most remarkable and famous Thai fruits – mangosteen. From May to September, actively mangosteen matures and fills trays market traders. It is significantly cheaper even in the tourist areas as compared to the winter months. In this time you can buy 3 to 5 kg of mangosteens for 1 hundred baht.
How can you ask Thai person about the price of something?
Mang-kud raka thao rai + khrab/kha – How much do these mangosteens cost?
Mang-kud nueng kilo raka thao rai + khrab/kha – How much is a kilogram of mangosteens?
Kilo la thao rai + khrab/kha – How much is a kilogram of ….? You can apply to any fruits or vegetables, except those that are sold individually or in clusters.
How to buy mangosteens on a Thai market, using the Thai language?
Phom (Chan) aow mang-kud nueng kilo + khrab/kha – I want one kilogram of mangosteens.
A more advanced version of the same request:
Phom (Chan) yak ja sue mang-kud nueng kilo + khrab/kha – I would like to buy one kilogram of mangosteens.
Khrab/kha – polite particle which can also be used as: ”na kha or duai kha” – this is even a more polite form.
Nueng (one) can be replaced by the necessary number of kilograms you need: sorng – two, saam – three, see – four, haa – five, and so on.
Phom (Chan) khor chim dai-mai + khrab/kha – Can I try one?
Mang-kud nee sod mai + khrab/kha – Are these mangosteens fresh?
And finally we would like to give you some advice on how to choose the right mangosteens.
They can be both beautiful and smooth, rough and somewhat grey. All that doesn’t affect the taste. The presence of yellow drops of juice on the fruit is not important to the taste of the fruit. What really matters is their softness. Good ripe and fresh mangosteen is soft while pressing with the fingers. It should return to its former shape. If the mangosteen is hard and does not flex it is most likely not in the best condition, and we do not advised you to take it.
Be careful: the whole family of ants may be hiding under the leaves of mangosteen fruit. Again, the taste of the fruit doesn’t change.