Fruit is more than just a tasty nutritious food, for
extracts and compounds can be made into medicine, cosmetics and other
Rueng Royal Project Development Center, the biggest avocado producer in
Thailand of course has an abundance of fruit, an enormous
diversity that is not always known or appreciated simply because of lack of
information. The avocado is one such fruit that goes greatly unsung here,
but it could be grown more and bring benefits to a lot of people.
long-handled fruit-picker to harvest the avocado fruit.
The avocado is a fruit full of minerals and nutrients
necessary for the body, such as sodium, potassium, folate, vitamin B6 and
the mono-unsaturated fat that is able to reduce cholesterol.
Avocado oil is a popular ingredient in cosmetics, two
million tons being used each year in Central America alone.
and wrapped before distributing the fruits to the markets.
Nevertheless, avocado is not favored by Thai consumers
due to its perceived lack of flavor, and most Thais are unaware of its
benefits or nutrient values.
are not only nutritious, but also multi-purpose. Shown here is an avocado
Overseas, the story is different. Avocado’s folate
content is extracted for pregnant women, as it helps baby tissue grow within
the womb. As a health food is it especially prized, its vitamin E content
being widely used in hair and skin treatment.
Wirat Praptook, of the Bureau of Highland Agriculture
Development in Chiang Mai, said that the avocado is a perennial,
fast-growing plant suitable for all areas of Thailand.
The biggest production in Thailand is from the Thoong
Rueng Royal Project Development Center, at Tambon Baan Pong in Hang Dong,
Chiang Mai. Avocados are produced there under the “Doi Kham” brand and
are distributed from July to February.
Farmers are being encouraged to plant avocado because it
can be an important cash crop. The market for avocado in Thailand at present
is still only for local consumption, while the export process is difficult.
There are no avocado oil extraction facilities so the oil needed for
products made in Thailand, such as shampoo and hair conditioner, have to be
imported. The only avocado derived products are those made locally,
sometimes under OTOP classification.
Wirat said there is a lot of potential in the avocado business and it
could bring more income to the people of Thailand, but first the benefits of
this extraordinary fruit need to be recognized here.
Praptook, academic of Bureau of Highland Agriculture Development,
Chiang Mai Area 6.
shake and avocado ice-cream.
shampoo, OTOP product at Tambon Baan Pong, Hang Dong, Chiang Mai.