Tropical fruit: A special coconut variety

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These coconuts cost 32,000riel (US$8) each at the markets in Battambang town – compared to 2000riel (US$0.50) for a regular coconut. The meat is thick, tender and incredibly sweet. They aren’t in season right now and the seller at the market wouldn’t tell us when that would be (meaning they won’t be so rare thus so expensive). They’re a variety called locally as Dong Ktii and they’re only available in Battambang and Kampot so far as my Khmer colleagues know. Anyone know what kind of coconut these are, and if they’re related or similar to the macapuno variety in the Philippines?

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  1. […] see the bunches hanging on strings towards the back. To the front of the photo are those coconut (Dong Ktii) that are native and specific to Battambang. Where regular coconuts are just 200riel, these […]

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