Seasonal Fruit in Thailand – Ma-praang or ma-yom (Bouea macrophylla Griff.)
Ma Praang ?????????????????? or ma-yom (Bouea macrophylla) is a popular seasonal fruit in Thailand. A tropical fruit tree native to Southeast Asia belongs to the family Anacardiaceae, and is related to the mango. The entire fruit, including its single violet seed, is edible.The orange ripe fruit range from sweet to sour in flavour. The green sour Ma Prang is commonly eaten raw, or made into pickle. The harvesting season of Ma-prang is during February to March. Every years, Nakhon Nayok province will hold a Mayom Chid and Sweet Maprang Fair.
The well known “ma-yom chid” is a clone that produces a sweet tasting fruit with some acid flavour and the size is rather bigger than Ma Praang and rounder, 1 kg. contains 8-15 fruits, average price is approx. 150-350 baht/kg. It is selling for S$8 a kg in Singapore and locally, known as Thailand Peipa.