Or Tor Kor Market is a top-notch organic market in Bangkok. In fact, “Or Tor Kor Market in Bangkok was voted as the 4th Best Fresh Market in the world by CNN Travel” (1). The market is ideal for vegans due to the wide-ranging sale of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Most of the fruit was a decent price, succulent, flavourful, and scrumptious. The buys I enjoyed included passion fruit, rambutan, seeded grapes, tomatoes, small cucumbers, lettuce, mangoes, pomegranates, durian, pineapple, bananas, papayas, coconuts, watermelon, jackfruit, mangosteen, and sapodilla. This was truly the best candy in the land! Candy that does not cause defects in your metabolism, energy levels, and blood pressure, but improves your health. Increasing fruit consumption leads to weight loss, digestive ease, disease prevention, immunity, and anti-aging effects (2). Fruit also reverses the detrimental and toxic effects of candy consumption over the years due to its detox-effect.
Out of all the fruit, durian was the most precious and rare diamond. The unique taste is like nothing else! It is a mix between an indulgent savoury snack and a luxurious pudding. It could either be marmite or custard at any given moment. Durian is either loved or hated! Some hate it so much that they have banned it on public transport!
Nevertheless, if you are one of the individuals that does love it, then you should know that every durian tastes different and every durian is an extremely indulgent treat. There is so much durian on offer at Or Tor Kor Market and it is worth the price! Durian is also packed full of rewarding health benefits!
“Durian is a fruit with the ability to boost your immune system, increase energy levels, and inhibit free radical activity. The health benefits of this fruit also include improved digestion, strengthened bones, and reduced signs of anemia. It is also good for slowing premature aging, lowering blood pressure, and protecting against cardiovascular diseases.”
Although durian is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, that is not to say there was not bad experiences at the market. My experience was far less than perfect with some of the starfruit on one occasion and some of the kiwi fruit at another time, because the fruits that I mistakenly purchased were far past their best before date. The unpleasant taste is not the only risk of buying mouldy fruit, as there is also the danger of bacteria and fungi which can lead to illness.
Due to the risks, there are several key questions to ask during choosing to buy fruit, and then, choosing to eat fruit.
When buying fruit, you could ask yourself:
■ Is the fruit injured? (Bruises or lesions)
■ Is there an acidic toxic rotten smell?
■ Is there discoloration on the skin?
Before eating the fruit, you could ask yourself:
■ Is the fruit soft and slimy?
■ Is there an acidic toxic smell once it has been prepared?
■ Is there discoloration once it has been prepared?
These questions are linked to the science behind fruit going mouldy. This process happens as the natural compounds in the fruit begin to take effect and microbes attach to the fruit whilst claiming it as their territory. Naturally occurring enzymes like polyphenol (PPO) cause oxidative browning (4), ethylene gas is a hormone that causes ripening which affects the texture and colour of fruit (5), and microbes are likely be responsible for the sewage-plant smell which gradually develops as “they have evolved to make it unappetizing to large animals as fast as possible” (6, 7). If the fruit has a bruise or a lesion, rotting will happen more rapidly due to the ethylene gas which is produced once a fruit is damaged (5). Thus, the questions above cover the main signs in terms of the scientific development of a fruit turning mouldy.
Another issue to watch out for is some stalls charge higher than usual for single pieces of fruit. Generally, the cheaper deals are for a bunch of fruit with the price already displayed. It is probably the best idea to research the average price of most organic fruits to ensure that you get a fair price.
Is the organic fruit worth the extravagant price?
Organic fruit is better than conventional fruit for three main reasons. These reasons are that the farming of organic foods is more environmentally friendly, there are more micronutrients due to the fruits being grown in mineral rich soil without chemicals that affect the nutrient density, and there is none of the toxic chemicals used in conventional farming which have an impact on health. In organic farming, herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers are only naturally derived substances.
Thus, I would give Or Tor Kor Organic Market four stars, because it is warming that organic farmers are selling high-quality and delicious foods that are organic. However, there are some stalls that are less than genuine about the quality of the produce which should only be sold before or during ripening, and some stalls may try tricks to sell at abnormally high prices. So, all consumers should be wise and discerning, but I do not recommend missing out on the splendid treats at this market.
(1) Stories by Soumya. 2019. A Quick Guide to Or Tor Kor Market in Bangkok. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.storiesbysoumya.com/or-tor-kor-market-bangkok/. [Accessed 15 April 2020].
(2) Nutrition and You.com. 2019. Fruit Nutrition Facts. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.nutrition-and-you.com/fruit-nutrition.html. [Accessed 16 April 2020].
(3) Organic Facts. 2020. Top 8 Health Benefits of Durian. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-durian.html [Accessed 15 April 2020].
(4) LiveStrong.com. 2019. How to Tell If a Fruit is Spoiled. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.livestrong.com/article/473318-how-to-tell-if-a-fruit-is-spoiled/ [Accessed 15 April 2020].
(5) Gardening know How. 2018. What Is Ethylene Gas: Information On Ethylene Gas And Fruit Ripening. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/fegen/ethylene-gas-information.htm. [Accessed 15 April 2020].
(6) Janzen, D., 1977. Why Fruits Rot, Seeds Mold, and Meat Spoils. American Naturalist, 111 (980), 691-713.
(7) AAAS. 2014. Rotten Fruit May be Due to Microbe Warfare. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2014/03/rotten-fruit-may-be-due-microbe-warfare# . [Accessed 15 April 2020].