Other than the popular Vietnamese snacks, did you know that the country ideally located in a tropical zone, making it a fruit haven as well? A stroll around the country will leave a visitor in awe at the sheer number of fruits being sold. Many people have dubbed the southern part of the country as fruit granary owing to its favorable weather throughout the year. Fruits are a major tourist attraction in Vietnam with exclusively arranged tours offering tourists a chance to experience how they are grown. Apart from such trips, the city of Ho Chi Minh holds an annual Fruits Festival, which has proved to be a must-attend for visitors in the country. Below, you can find the most popular Vietnamese fruits in the country.
Here is a list of Vietnamese fruits you must try on your visit to Vietnam.
Vietnam offers a wide range of mangos; however, the most well-known of all is found in the town of Hòa Lộc within Tien Giang province. The mango is oval fit as a fiddle and weighs between 350 to 450 grams apiece. When ready, this specific mango gets a brilliant yellow skin with a splendid and smooth yellow mash. The organic product can be said to be seasonal, with the season lasting from March to May. When acquiring this fruit, abstain from going for the measure but instead pick the fragrant one.
Custard Apple (Na or Mang cau)
This is a unique kind of apple known as Na or Mang cau among the Southern people. The fruit is known due to its delicate texture, sweet flavor, as well as its benefits to the body. It is readily available across the country though in various types with na dai and na bo being the most popular. However, many people like na dai better owing to its natural sweetness and fewer seeds. The custard is usually available from July. It is widely grown in Lang Son province and on a small scale in the Mekong Delta regions.
Mangosteen (Măng Cụt)
Vietnamese people believe mangosteen to be the most exotic one a person can taste in the country. Just like others, the fruit is seasonal, with the season lasting between May to August. It has a purple rind as well as a soft, tangy flesh. The fruit is readily available from the high-end stores to corner street vendors. Primarily the fruit is grown in the Southern part of the country. Its season is between June to August so, if you happen to be visiting the country at that time, you can indulge yourself in the fruit. When choosing the fruit, the smaller and darker it is, the better.
Dragon fruit (Thanh Long)
This Vietnamese fruit is also referred to as Pitaya or Pitahaya. It is definitely among the most nutritious exotic fruit found in Vietnam. The fruit is widely available across the world. It is a native to Central and South America, although it is cultivated in other parts of the world such as South-East Asia and Australia. It is limited to only three types ranging from red skin – red flesh, red skin – white flesh, and yellow skin – white flesh. When choosing the fruit, avoid going for the overripe ones.
Lychee (Vai Thieu)
The fruit is initially from the South of China, and it is popular amongst people of Asian origin, especially during summer. It has a hard red rind which is usually spiky. The fruit is commonly used to make a sweet jelly soup, tea, cocktails, among other Vietnamese snacks. However, you should avoid consuming it in large quantities as it has some side effects such as acne breakout. It is usually found in Bac Giang and Hai Duong.
Visiting Vietnam gives you a chance to see the world’s biggest fruit. This Vietnamese fruit has a thick green peel, and it is available in various sizes. When ripe, the fruit can weigh between 2-3 kilograms. The fruit has a bright yellow inside. Usually, farmers use their fingers in a bid to figure out whether it is ripe. The fruit has several health benefits as it contains large amounts of vitamin C, which is credited with helping prevent cancer as well as aging of the internal organs. It is found in Long Khanh within the Dong Nai Province.
Rambutan (Chom Chom)
Talk about a really odd appearance but one of my favorite Vietnamese fruits. The fruit has splendid red or half yellow, half red shading with quill-like features around the outside. Within, the fruit is translucent, with a fruity taste and crunchy surface. Its skin is anything but difficult to strip off when utilizing a blade or your fingers. Much the same as other tropical fruits, rambutan has a few medical advantages. The fruit is widely grown in the Mekong Delta area; nevertheless, one can get it from road merchants or grocery stores.
Hopefully, the next time you visit Vietnam, you will have the opportunity to indulge in various Vietnamese fruits the country has to offer. Although the fruits are dependent on the season, you will have a wide variety to choose from all year round.