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A glossary of common, and not-so-common, Asian ingredients and terms.

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Dragon Fruit   

Also known as the pitaya, dragon fruit comes from a cactus native to the Pacific coastal areas...
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Goji Berries 

Also called wolfberries, goji are the berries found on the Chinese boxthorn and Chinese wolfberry plants. They’re...
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Jujube Dates

With many alternate names including Chinese date, Chinese jujube, or just jujube, these fruits were domesticated over...
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Also commonly spelled “pomelo,” this fruit is a citrus native to Southeast Asia. It’s not only the...
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You won’t find mangosteen at most (or indeed many at all) supermarkets in North America. This fruit...
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Are they a fruit? Are they a vegetable? Let’s just go with “yes.”
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Bitter melon

True to its name, the bitter melon is, indeed, bitter. It’s especially common in Cantonese and Indian...
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Star Fruit

Originally from India, the star fruit has a smooth, yellow skin with five lateral ridges running the...
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Green Mango

The unripened flesh of the mango is often used in salads and used in India, Malaysia and...
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The brown pod-like fruit of the tamarind tree is a cooking ingredient used across Southern Asia for...
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Durian, a fruit belonging belonging to the genus Durio, is found exclusively in Southeast Asia.
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The delicious coconut is ubiquitous with the tropics and its use goes beyond just food. In Southeast...
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