Thailand’s Delicious Jolly Green Giants

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Despite the many times I’ve travelled to Thailand I’m still amazed at the reaction of some Thais in rural areas when they see a westerner. Generally there’s delight mixed with a touch of horror as behind their beaming smile I’m certain their brain starts to freeze as it searches for one or two user-friendly English words. Produce a camera and their reaction is mixed too. They are either all-out shy or flash a big beautiful smile.

The top photograph was taken when Wonderful Wi and I were travelling from Sang Khom to Ban Dung in Udon Thani Province and the picture captures one of the best value-for-money things about Thailand, its cheap food stalls and fruit and vegetable vendors.

SAM 5148 300x242 Thailands Delicious Jolly Green GiantsAfter cutting my way through the duo’s looks of amazement and beaming white-toothed smiles my eyes fixed on what Wilai was buying.

I didn’t know what they were. I didn’t even have a clue if they were fruit or vegetables. They looked alien to me and little did I know that Thailand’s jolly green giants were bright yellow inside and contained a high sugar content vegetable which I have enjoyed eating many times in the past. Actually I’m not sure if it’s a vegetable or fruit, or both rolled into one.

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Any idea what’s inside this jolly green giant which is a steal at 20 baht for a bag of three.

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I’m sure most of you are sharper than I am and knew the answer was sweetcorn, but I and probably a few others have only previously seen them unwrapped like in the photograph above.

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The steam cooked sweetcorn is amazing value and very tasty too, but when I first saw them with their leafy green wrap I didn’t have a clue what they were. Would you?

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