This is a fruit you won’t find often in Thailand: Fak Khaao (or internationally known as gac fruit).
It’s a real mess to eat this fruit, but fortunately other people will most likely already have done the dirty work for you, and you get to enjoy: pure fak khaao juice with a bit of passion fruit juice and hint of salt mixed in!
It’s hard to describe what gac juice tastes like. It’s sweet and refreshing, with low acidity, a very gentle sweetness though, not a sharp one. The flavor of fak khaao itself is rather neutral, so it rounds up the sourness of the passion fruit very well.
You’ll have to be a bit lucky to find this, and you should be in Thailand around early December because there’s a very short harvesting season for this fruit. But if you spot it, make sure to stop immediately, get a bottle of fak khaao juice, drink it – and you’ll probably want more 😉
And in case you’re wondering how to pronounce it:
fak = f*ck (yes, you pronounce it exactly like that English word which needs to be censored)
khaao = cow (like the animal that gives milk)
There’s a latin name for this fruit too of course: Momordica cochinchinensis. And apparently it’s just being discovered in the western world and (particularly in the USA) the “hot new superfood”. It contains large amounts of beta-carotene and lycopene. Funny enough, when I drank it I did find that it has a hint of “carrot characteristic”, though I don’t know if that’s because of the carotenes (do carotenes have a taste at all anyway?).
Apparently it’s good for the prostate, blood plasma, and plenty of other things – but for the purpose of your Thailand trip, I think it’s enough to say that it’s very delicious, tasty and refreshing 🙂