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September 14, 2017

Jampada: A Thai Jackfruit in Satun

By Ianpassion 

Do you know what kind of fruit is this? 

I was invited by a friend. I smelled something unusual at his house. The smell was like a mixed pineapple, banana, and guava. Very unique smell. 

I found that smell was from a spiky fruit sliced on a table right in front of me. It looks like a little jackfruit on the table but it was not. 

My friend asked: 

"Mr. Chang, nang leuy...gin Jampada."  (Mr. Chang, sit down..let's eat Jampada.)

So I sat across him while in front of us is the spiky fruit.  

I asked him: 

"Ni kanon mai krap?" (Is this a jackfruit?)

He replied: 

"Mai, ni jampada krap." (No, it's a jampada.)

The skin was thick like a stubby pyramid somewhat almost similar to the skin of a kanon (jackfruit), but smoother.  Light green with some portion of yellow is the color when it is ripe. 

A  fresh Jampada harvested from the farm 

What was most exciting was the inner part of it, which looks like a membrane containing about 50-80 seeds attached to the smooth woody core and with juicy flesh surrounding the seeds that made this fruit edible. 

Out of my excitement, I grabbed a seed for my first taste to quench my curiosity. Wow! Aroi maak krap. (Very delicious.) 

The taste is sweeter than a jackfruit. Jampada is smooth and succulent not like the jackfruit with sticky gum liquid. 

If durian is known for its smell like hell but taste like heaven, I think Jampada is the opposite, in which both smell and taste are mixed. 

From June to September is the season of this fruit,  which there are always displayed of Jampadas on fruit-stands, sold 20 Bhat for one kilo. So if you planned to try a very delicious one so come in the right season. 

Since Satun is famous for this fruit, so the price is cheaper than in other provinces. But if you have a local friend, normally they are generous and more than happy to offer you this fruit for free. Not only that, they will offer you to eat until you are really full, they let you bring also at least one whole kanon for your family. 

The Tree of the Jampada at my inlaw's house 

I went closer to the tree, and what I found was that this tree bearing fruits start from its lowest trunk up to its branches.  So wonderful! 

By the way, about the official English of Jampada, I don't know. For this time, I called this fruit a Thai jackfruit. 

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