Needless to say, Cambodia – as a tropical country – has a wealth of fresh fruits on daily offer. When you go to a local market you will be astounded by the beautiful colors and aromas, and – sometimes – the somewhat strange shape of the fruits. You can also let fruits mix into a smoothie, locally known as touk kolok.

The country’s tropical fruits keep a court of their own; with the durian a revered king and the mangosteen an honored queen. To complete the royal fruit family, the lemut should be named prince and milk fruit bestowed the honor of princess.

Here are a few examples of fruits available in Cambodia, including their taste:

Fruits of Cambodia – Mango
Mango
Cambodian mango’s are smaller than the Thai, Malaysian or Indian ones. Washing your hands in the pulp makes them baby-soft!
Taste: Sweet, one of the most delicious fruits in the world.
Fruits of Cambodia – Dragonfruit
Dragonfruit
A fantastic looking fruit, with a pinkish-purple shell, and a milky white inside with black seeds.
Taste: Semi-sweet. Very delicate taste; much better than the watery taste of the ones in Europe.
Fruits of Cambodia – Mangosteen
Mangosteen (the ‘Queen’)
A hard and thick avocado-coloured shell, revealing what must be one of the most delicious offerings on this planet.
Taste: A unique sweet taste, but not too much – just right. Soft flesh which melts on your tongue.
Fruits of Cambodia – Star Fruit
Star Fruit
This fruit acquired its name from the five pointed star shape when cut across the middle of the fruit. It has a waxy, golden yellow to green color skin.
Taste: Slightly tangy and sweet, when fully ripe.
Fruits of Cambodia – Lychee
Lychee
Available from street stalls and markets all over Cambodia. The pulp is white translucent. There’s also the ones wrapped in plastic (for drying).
Taste: Sweet and juicy, with a relatively large inedible seed.
Fruits of Cambodia – Rambutan
Rambutan
The hairy sibling of the lychee, and very similar to it, but often substantially larger.
One of the most visually striking fruits.
Taste: Almost the same as lychees. Somewhat juicier.
Fruits of Cambodia – Pineapple
Pineapple
The word Pineapple is derived from the word pina, which was used to describe a pine cone by the Spanish.
Taste: Sweet and juicy.
Fruits of Cambodia – Papaya
Papaya
A melon like fruit enclosed in a thin skin that varies in color from green to orange to rose. The flesh is bright orange or pinkish.
Papayas are a rich source of vitamin A and C.
Fruits of Cambodia – Passionfruit
Passionfruit
An egg-shaped fruit that is also called a purple granadilla, the passion fruit has a brittle, wrinkled purple-brown rind enclosing flesh-covered seeds.
Taste: An intense aromatic flavor, like guava.
Fruits of Cambodia – Milk Fruit
Milk Fruit (the ‘Princess’)
Milk fruit is available only in Cambodia and Vietnam. The underbelly of the leaf is a greenish purple hue, while the top is a deep green.
Taste: The creamy white flesh tastes juicy and sweet.
Fruits of Cambodia – Pomelo
Pomelo
The size of a decent melon. The peel is sliced off in two movements with a very sharp knife. Pinkish pulp containing many large seeds.
Taste: Less bitter than the European variety; even a bit sweet. Very nice.
Fruits of Cambodia – Coconut
Coconut
Most coconuts are not used for eating, but rather drinking only. Available from street hawkers and often in restaurants.
Taste: The drink tastes great, is very refreshing, and healthy!
Fruits of Cambodia – Banana
Banana
Many different varieties, but all are a lot smaller than the South-American variety. Many are used for the daily offering to Buddha.
Taste: Sweeter than the South-American and African ones.
Fruits of Cambodia – Durian
Durian (the ‘King’)
Has a penetrating stench, but is somehow appreciated as a delicacy. The spike-armored shell is thick and very hard to get through.
Taste: the worse they smell the better they taste!
Fruits of Cambodia – Longan
Longan
A dark-yellow to brown-red smooth skin. They are somewhat smaller than lychees. The pulp is also translucent white, but the black seed inside is larger than the lychee’s one.
Taste: Very similar to lychees.
Fruits of Cambodia – Soursop
Soursop
This fruit can be round, oval or irregular heart shaped.
Extremely juicy and seedy, and hence quite a messy fruit to eat.
Taste: As the name suggests, sour.
Fruits of Cambodia – Lemut
Lemut (the ‘Prince’)
Oval shaped fruit brought to South-East Asia from Central America by the Spaniards. The fruit is super sweet and the texture is that of an ultra fine pear.
Taste: Sweet with a hint of cinnamon. Lovely!
Fruits of Cambodia – Saray
Saray (Asian pear)
Is it an apple or is it a pear? Khmer say it’s neither. It’s a Saray and that’s it.
Taste: Imagine the crispness of an apple combined with the juices of a pear, but less sweet. Very refreshing!
Fruits of Cambodia – Tolep
Tolep (Persimmon)
About the size of a small tomato, with a striking orange colour.
Taste: Surprisingly similar to a mango. Somewhat less sweet and more neutral in taste.
Very nice and mellow.
Fruits of Cambodia – Water Apple
Water Apple
Thin, edible skin, which looks waxy and turns pink as the fruit ripens. The flesh is divided into 4 sections, each with a single seed. The flesh is firm and white.
Taste: Mild flavor and crisp texture.