Farang / Guava
01.03.2011 - 01.03.2011 30 °C
Thai Fruit: Farang / Guava
The word “farang” in Thai means foreigner, some say coming from the first ‘foreigner’ in Thailand who happened to be a French man. With 'farangset' being the Thai word for Frenchman.
It is also the name given to guava. The guava is not a native species to Thailand, but indigenous to tropical America. It is said that it was brought to Thailand by Portuguese or Spanish traders over 400 years ago. Guava is grown primarily in the Central Plains of Thailand and is available all year round.
Guava has great nutritional value being high vitamins A and C, and a good supply of minerals like calcium and phosphorus. It has a high content of roughage, and no cholesterol, making it good for those wanting to lose weight.
In Thailand raw guava is usually served with a dry salt-and-sugar dip seasoned and of course crushed chilli, as many fruits are here. Or it is sometimes served with a savoury chilli dip prepared by blending palm sugar with fish sauce heated to a caramel-like consistency called nam pla waarn.
The creative use of guava is gaining popularity and is frequently used as an alternative to papaya in Som Tam – the papaya salad and in Thai salads or yam.
Researchers have shown that guava is pretty effective in preventing cancer and even heart diseases. Along with the presence of complex carbohydrates and dietary fibers in guava, it makes for an effective fruit in lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? Go out and try some today!!