Sherina Harris

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Fresh plants used to be very important to Thai cuisine. However, due to urbanization this practice has been declining, in favor of pre-packaged, mass produced foods.

Thai Bail - Siam Queen: With their lovely purple veined leaves on a shiny, lush dark green background sprouting off purple stems, Thai basil plants are grown for their culinary and ornamental qualities.

Markets are very popular in Thailand, because families are working hard ("double-earning", as it is called). This causes families to depend on food from markets that is ready to eat without any preparation time or efforts on their part.

My friend June recently came back from a work trip to Thailand. The first thing she said to me was that besides all the mesmerizing views her favourite place to visit was the Damnoen Saduak floating market. Its a colourful gem hidden near Bangkok.

This photo shows the Trang Islands in Thailand. In the past, the cuisine of Thailand has been heavily influenced by their proximity to fresh water. However, in recent years the development of the agriculture industry has had a significantly negative affect on the bio-diversity of the fish living in fresh water areas, so the importance of this aspect of Thai peoples diets has been reduced.

This photo shows the Trang Islands in Thailand. In the past, the cuisine of Thailand has been heavily influenced by their proximity to fresh water. However, in recent years the development of the agriculture industry has had a significantly negative affect on the bio-diversity of the fish living in fresh water areas, so the importance of this aspect of Thai peoples diets has been reduced.

In northeast Thailand they hold a celebration called the Rocket Festival. Rockets are fired into the sky (with a competition of whose can stay up for the longest), and this occurs at the beginning of the rice season to remind the sky god to send rain for the crops.

Festivals & Celebrations in Thailand

Many Thai people do not have fridges, so they will buy their food on a daily basis (meaning it is fresh!) Because of this, food markets, grocery stores and other places offering fresh produce daily are commonly used by Thai people.

NATURAL HEALING: The everyday basic herbs in Thai cuisine have many health benefits, and they taste great too. Here are just a few examples of what some favourite Thai ingredients can do for you: