A Guide to Market Fruits of Southeast Asia

This electronic book is a reprint of a book by the same name, published in 1985 by the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. It differs from the original in that page numbers have been replaced by bi-directional hypertext links, and the illustrations have been moved to the beginning of each section.

Cover to A Guide to Market Fruits of Southeast Asia
I have not been back to these markets since then, but I believe the same amazing variety of fruits still thrive there, still reach local markets and — increasingly, are reaching markets outside Asia. Written in the same format and with the same intention as its precursor, “Cook’s Guide to Chinese Vegetables”, this book is meant to inform and inspire. I’d like to give you readers the knowledge and confidence to try something new.

The more-than-80 fruits described here are among those found in Southeast Asian markets; they include both local varieties and imported, international favorites. The text includes a description of each fruit, hints on how to tell good (ripe) ones from the bad, the means of preparation (to peel or not to peel?), and then suggestions for use. Some are simply eaten raw, while many can be used in a variety of dishes, deserts and preserves, both sweet and savory. Occasionally, there is a specific recipe; more commonly, readers are referred to the general recipe section that follows this introduction. Here you will find recipes for a range of fruit products from sweet trifles to sweet-sour chutneys to more savory Asian salads.

Fruit lovers both in and out of Asia will find the information here useful, if not fascinating. Those living or traveling in Asia can actually try them. Those living elsewhere will have to wait, but as more and more of these exotic fruits are coming into Asian groceries, and as more and more Asian groceries pop up all over the world, that chance may be coming soon. For both readers, I wish you delicious adventures. Bon appétit!

New to the 2010 Edition

This electronic book is a reprint of a book by the same name, published in 1985 by the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. It differs from the original in that page numbers have been replaced by bi-directional hypertext links, and the illustrations have been moved to the beginning of each section.

A Guide to Market Fruits of Southeast Asia is available on the Apple iBookstore (United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom) and Google Books (United States) as an ePub book.

ISBN: 978-1-935842-02-6 (ePub)

A Guide to Market Fruits of Southeast Asia is available on Amazon as a Kindle book.

ISBN: 978-1-935842-46-0 (Kindle) (United States) Amazon ASIN B009ZCXPG0


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