Rainy season in Udon Thani; mushrooms, bamboo and more

For many weeks we have been sweltering in Udon Thani and cursed at the heat. Farangs and Thais suffer this together, and everyone groans and whines and longs for cooler days.
After the first storms of the approaching rainy season only made conditions more like a sauna, now in mid-June  the mostly nocturnal thunderstorms ensure a pleasant morning at least. In the still unplanted paddy fields snails and crabs can now be collected, but in other places the rainy season brings out other specialties. Seasoned collectors arrive on the scene, and their success can be admired and bought at some village markets.

One should always be aware of when buying 'wild' mushrooms that there are many poisonous varieties in Thailand, and many people every year get food poisoning from them, and some even die.
Although quail have no season, they simply taste better if it is not too hot. The grilled version, which I had recently bought at the Thai Siri market, tasted particularly good. With a bit of sesame and seasoned in a marinade, one bird cost 20 baht.

   

These flowers are one species of the family Zingiberaceae and are called dok krajiao flowers 'ดอกกระเจียว' (Siam Tulip).

 

posted on: 17.06.2015

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