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  malako (papaya tree)

 

Thailand

A papaya tree with its fruit (fig.). When still green and unripe the fruit are used as the main ingredient in a popular dish called somtam, also known as ‘papaya pokpok’. Once ripe the fruit becomes orange and has a taste similar to melon. In Thai the tree is called ton malako.