Kaffir lime is a citrus fruit native to tropical Southeast Asia.They are used in Southeast Asian cuisine and its essential oil is used in perfumery. The fruit is rough and green, and ripens to yellow; it is distinguished by its bumpy exterior and its small size.
Bean sprouts are a culinary vegetable grown by sprouting mung beans. They are extensively cultivated and consumed in East Asia. Bean sprouts taste like fresh green peas. They have the most delicate flavor in which the whole sprout including the thin and greenish hull can be eaten.
Basil or sweet basil is a variety of basil that is known around the world for its wonderful fragrance and flavor. A basil with whitish or purple flowers that includes several cultivars. Its dried or fresh leaves are used especially as a seasoning.
Holy or hot basil is a variety of basil with a peppery flavor and distinctive aroma. Its called Queen of Herbs and blends well with hot & spicy foods.
This aubergine variety produces round eggplants of about 2 inch in diameter with green stripes on the skin. They can be eaten raw and more commonly cooked, with garlic or basil or are chopped into a curry.
Pea eggplants look like green peas clustered together like grapes with short stems. It is typically cooked whole in Thai soups and curries, and pop in the mouth when you bite it, releasing a burst of bitterness that combines nicely with richness or heat in the dish.
Ginger is one of the important spice crops used for its aromatic and medicinal properties. It is a slightly sweet spice with a peppery bite. Many types of cuisine use it freshly grated from the root or in ground or preserved forms.
Galanga is well known throughout Thailand for its distinctively sharp sweet taste and fragrance. Like Turmeric, Galanga is a member of the ginger family and this very popular culinary herb is used in soups and curries. Galanga has a long history of use in various medicinal traditions.
Kaffir lime leaves are the Asian equivalent to bay leaves. They can be added whole to Thai curries, soups, and stir-fries. It can also be cut up into very thin slivers and added to spice pastes or used as a topping in a variety of recipes.
A lime is a citrus fruit, which is typically round, green in color, 3–6 centimeters in diameter, and contains acidic juice vesicles.
Lemongrass is an aromatic grass that looks a lot like grass and has a length of around 20 cm. At the top of the stems often has long shaped leaves. The bulb at the base is creamy white to pink. Lemongrass has a delicious fresh taste that is similar to a combination of fresh lemon and ginger.
Turmeric, also known as Indian saffron, is a yellow orange to brown erratically shaped root with a tough skin. The bright orange flesh is slightly bitter, peppery and has an earthy Flavor. The aroma of turmeric is reminiscent of orange and ginger scent.
A shallot, which is a type of onion, looks like a small, elongated onion but with a milder flavor and a hint of garlic. Typically, it is a small bulb with copper, reddish, or gray skin.
Krachai is a kind of ginger. Growing in tropical rain forest. In addition to its culinary uses, it is also specifically used as a spice, or as flavoring agents, dyes, or also tradition medicine.
Pandan is a herbaceous tropical plant that grows in Southeast-Asia. Pandan leaf is used to lend a unique taste and aroma to some savory dishes, but mainly it is used to flavor desserts and some drinks due to its naturally sweet taste and soft aroma.
Banana leaves are the leaves of the banana plant. The large green, slightly ridged leaves do not get eaten. The leaves are used to wrap food in and are used as decoration.
Chili pepper is a fruit from chili plants. Chili peppers are widely used in many foods as spices to increase heat for the dish. It has a glossy sheen to its skin which comes in red and dark green color.
Papaya is very common in Thailand. The skin is green when unripe and orange when ripe, while the flesh is yellow, orange or red. The fruit also has many black seeds, which are edible but bitter.
Morning Glory or Water Spinach is a common leafy vegetable in South East Asia. It is crunchy, juicy and very rich in taste.
Sweet corn, also known as sugar corn, is much used as a vegetable. It's sweet, and juicy seeds are rich in nutrition.
Baby corn, also known as young corn or baby sweetcorn is a cereal grain taken from corn harvested early while the stalks are still small and immature. It typically is eaten whole. It is deliciously tender and has a crunchy bite with a subtle sweet Flavor.