Discovering Palm Fruit in Cambodia

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After climbing the tall, steep steps of Angkor Wat, we were all tired and thirsty. On the walkway between barren the barren structures of two libraries that once were, stood a juice vendor that pegged my mom’s curiosity. She was the first to try his palm fruit juice, which he sold at KHR 2000 (aka $0.50).

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He served the juice out of these wooden thermos type things which certainly added to the flavor. The juice was really sweet, so sweet that I can only draw comparison for this by comparing it to mildly blunt sugarcane juice with a touch of smoky wood. There’s also a similarity to buko in terms of consistency, it’s just on the yellow side.

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It would’ve tasted wondrous chilled but it was refreshing even at the default outside temperature that it was. I think my brother had two servings in total. We drank out of plastic bags, which reminded me of buying soda aka soft drinks by the street back home.

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I wanted to drink this again when I was there but we couldn’t find the vendor anymore. All I can do is hope that someone reading this knows where I can get a hold of some palm fruit here in the Philippines. I don’t think I’ve seen it at local grocery stores.

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The day after, outside one of the temples, there was a row of women peeling and selling some palm fruit. Curiosity got the better of us and we decided to buy some. The fruit itself is clear in color and has a Jell-O like consistency. When bitten, the juice bursts right in your mouth. The fruit itself is sweet but bluntly so, not the over-powering type that’ll get you to want to down a gulp of water after.

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This was the palm fruit vendor’s son who eagerly modeled his waffle.

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3 comments
  1. gingerparas said:

    Isn’t Kaong Palm Fruit?

  2. Nice Little Robot said:

    I absolutely adore your photographs! What lens do you use?

    • Sarie said:

      Gee, thanks! :) For this set, I used a Canon 28mm f1.8.

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