Fruity Friday’s…Korlan Fruit…

Carol cooks! Korlan Fruit

This tiny little sweet and sour fruit is part of the Sapindaceae family which includes lychee, longan and rambutan.

It is a tiny little fruit which grows wild and is often called the wild lychee the tree it comes from is enormous and the fruit so tiny it also quite rare to find… I came across this fruit quite by chance when I took a ride back from the market in a tuk-tuk.

The tuk-tuk driver had a bag of these in the back and told me to try some which I did ..of course…when I expressed my pleasure he gave me some…Thais are very generous if you try what they offer and you like it you will always be gifted some. He told me that he had a tree in his village which was where he got the fruit from…

korlan fruit on bunch

When peeled they look like a very small lychee and I could find very little information about this lovely little fruit… It may be found locally on markets or often people just sit on the sidewalk with a few fruits and vegetables from their land which they are selling to make a few baht but this is also where you come across unusual fruits and vegetables which are not commercially grown or grown wild.

Korlan fruit with one peeled

Found also in Laos and Myanmar it is not grown commercially or generally cultivated so quite rare.

Korlan… the rare wild fruit juice has a delicious and unique taste of sour and sweet variety with health benefits from vitamins and antioxidants.

It is said to regulate blood sugar and also to improve concentration and stress. Locals say eaten daily or taken as a syrup/extract made from the fruit it gives increased energy and boosts the immune system, therefore, combating flu viruses and colds.

korlan fruit in chilli sauce

My daughter in law said they were also eaten with a dried chilli, fish sauce and lime sauce and they were quite nice this type of dip/sauce is quite commonly eaten with fruits.

Not that we would eat the stone but it is said that it is probably poisonous.

Have you come across this fruit?? Do you have any recipes using this fruit?? If so I would love to hear from you in the comments x

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43 thoughts on “Fruity Friday’s…Korlan Fruit…

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  2. Megala

    I always like to take this fruit fresh. Nevertheless I feel it is a wonderful idea to sprinkle some chilli flakes over these fruits as it would definitely enhance the sweet & sour flavor.

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  3. cookwithreena

    Nice post. These are lychees. We get plenty in India in the month of June- July. Very juicy and considered to be a cool fruit. We make, juice, shakes, kheer(sweet dish), jam, jelly, sorbet, ice cream, kulfi etc.etc.etc. there are number of dishes made out of it. But they are best eaten as it is. It is similar to Rambutan of Thailand. They are more fleshy and sweeter than lychees. My fav fruit.

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    1. Carol Post author

      Thank you, Reena..These are wild lychees and much smaller than the cultivated ones not so sweet, quite sour. Yes, similar to Rambutan and longan which again similar just much bigger 🙂 x

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      1. cookwithreena

        Soon it may come to our local market . I will make & share wid u. Till that time what is coming to my mind is. Peel the fruit & remove the seed. Chop them. In 250 grams lychees add 1 cup water and cook with a pinch of salt till soft. Then put required amount of white sugar and cook till it thickens and it looks like translucent and shines like white plastic. Add pnich of red chili flakes Remove from heat. Squeeze lemon juice. Cool it in fridge. Ready to serve. (optional, black pepper or roasted cumin powder). Enjoy.

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    1. Carol Post author

      Thank you,Paul, I just happened to be in the right place at the right time…I often come across things this way as many fruits and veg are not commercially grown ..Only in someones back garden or a tree in the village like this one … So I may not get any more for a while…if ever 🙂

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      1. PaulAndruss

        It is wonderful discovering a new fruit not commercially available, In Turkey we had Loquats.. ‘reed oranges’ and bit like orange coloured plums (you probably have them there). They make nice jam!

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      2. Carol Post author

        Yes, we do Paul..I quite like them although I haven’t made jam with them…Yet! Fruit and such a huge variety is readily available here…Thais love their fruit 🙂 x

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    1. Carol Post author

      Because they are a lot smaller than the lychee they don’t have the same texture but we can’t like everything can we Robbie? . Thank you for reading and commenting . Have a lovely weekend 🙂 x

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    1. Carol Post author

      They are Lise..not too sweet and quite small so I spent some time shelling and taking the stone out…lol But nice..Not sure when I will get any more as it is the first time I have seen them and was lucky to be given some to bring home 🙂

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      1. jyo

        Yeah these are available in Bangalore market but a bit expensive here. I use to make milkshake, Icecream, mojito, basundi (which is on my blog) and few more recipes with lychee. And rest of the fruits, i eat them fresh😊

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    1. Carol Post author

      Yes at a quick glance but the outer shell is semi hard and you have to peel them to get to the flesh …I hadn’t until the other day Thais don’t like them so much as they think they are too sour but I like sweet and sour fruits rather than just sweet 🙂 Have a lovely weekend Marian 🙂

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    1. Carol Post author

      A first for me Cindy as well …which is why I love it here I am always coming across little-known fruits and vegetables and I love it!I will now be keeping my eyes and ears open as I travel around to see if I can get more info on them 🙂 Thank you for dropping by 🙂

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