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Vietnamese Fruits You Should Try When in Vietnam (Part 2)

One of the great delights when visiting any tropical country like Vietnam is that you get to try and taste different exotic fruits. As usual, travelers will stay with the common fruits, but it would be adventurous to explore some of the more unusual Vietnamese fruits.


Star Apple/Caimito/Milk Fruit

Vietnamese Fruits You Should Try When in Vietnam (Part 2)
It is grown in many places in Mekong Delt

Star apple or milk fruit got its name for its juicy, sweet, soft, and white center like milk. It is grown in many places in Mekong Delt such as Tien Giang, Ben Tre, and Vinh Long. You can enjoy it raw by cutting it in half and scooping out the flesh with a spoon as a dessert. The market will be flooded with star apples from October to December. This is one of the popular fruits in Vietnam that you must try.


Mango


Vietnam’s tropical climate is best for growing mangoes. With a large variety of mangoes available, they are abundant from February to May in the South and May to September in the North. Prices range between VND 20,000 - 55,000/kg during the peak periods and out of season.


Watermelon

Vietnamese Fruits You Should Try When in Vietnam (Part 2)
It is often used on special occasions such as Tet

Known as a juicy fruit in tropical areas, commonly, it has a thick green outer and fleshy red pulp inside. In Vietnam, there are seedless watermelons and yellow watermelons (the inside is yellow) as well. It can be made into a fresh yummy smoothie for your thirst in summer or simple desserts in daily meals of the Vietnamese. You can also find a pair of watermelons on the altar in a Vietnamese family during the Tet holiday.


Orange

Vietnamese Fruits You Should Try When in Vietnam (Part 2)
The juice is high in vitamin C and is used as a cold remedy drink

Have you seen an orange that is not orange? The skin color of orange in Vietnam when it is ripe stays green or light green. There are also two types of them: “cam xoan" and "cam sanh". "cam xoan” is usually sectioned and cannot be juiced. The best time to enjoy them is at the beginning of the summer. Its inside has a light yellow color like champagne and tastes a little sweet. On the other hand, “cam sanh” has more juice, darker color, and a more sour taste. The juice is high in vitamin C and is used as a cold remedy drink. You can easily find them at any local market in Vietnam at the end and the beginning of a year.


Tangerine

Vietnamese Fruits You Should Try When in Vietnam (Part 2)
Like an orange but only for eating

Tangerine in Vietnam has a light green color, a bit more sour and large compared to those from China. Its skin is easily peeled off and could be dried in the sun to make a mosquito repellent. The inside of a tangerine has around 10 juicy sections with a thin film covering each section. They are soft and feel a bit like small jelly. The fruit can be served raw or used to make delicious jams. Tangerine in Vietnam tastes best from September to March.


Grape

Vietnamese Fruits You Should Try When in Vietnam (Part 2)
Fruits are found from the market to the supermarket

There are two kinds of grapes: red and white. One of the things to distinguish the two types is the flavor; the red is a bit honeyed, and the white is sour. Some like peeling the outer skin, but you can eat directly without taking the skin out. Depending on your favorite style, the grape can be processed into a luscious smoothie to drink or eaten fresh.


Oriental Pear

Vietnamese Fruits You Should Try When in Vietnam (Part 2)
Oriental pears have a delicious taste, and they're fresh

Oriental pear or Asian pear is different than European pear for its high water content, crispiness, and grainy texture. Its skin usually has a yellow color with small dark spots. When peeled off the skin and remove the core, the white pulp can be served raw. It is also used when marinating meat as a sweetener.


Coconut

Vietnamese Fruits You Should Try When in Vietnam (Part 2)
Coconuts in Vietnam are very many and diverse

The coconut is one of the tropical fruits that have more water than its flesh inside. Cutting its hard green outer, you will have a pouring delicious fresh drink before getting to enjoy the softly sweet, tasteful meat. It is one of the best fruits in Vietnam to enjoy during the hot summer. Besides, they are sold in almost all Vietnamese locals markets and only cost you about VND 10,000 - 15,000/fruit. All of the parts of the fruit have a variety of uses in cooking such as stewing meat with juice instead of water, braised pork (thit kho trung) making a smoothie, and sweetening the soup. Ben Tre is a “coconut paradise” with the traditional special treat, coconut candy, there was even a time when a religion was established based on this fruit specialty of the area, the relics of which you can still visit when in Ben Tre.


Nipa Palm/ Mangrove Palm

Vietnamese Fruits You Should Try When in Vietnam (Part 2)
One of the specialties of the West, even Vietnamese people have not enjoyed it

Nipa palm often wildly grows copiously along the banks of many rivers in the Mekong Delta areas. The flesh inside is white with a greasy and syrupy taste. Every bunch of nipa palms in the shape of a spiky ball you see is a combination of small nipa palms with the size of an egg. After taking the nipa palm from its bunch, we use a knife to separate it into two and take a spoon to enjoy the flesh inside. You can also make a refreshing drink by adding sugar syrup into iced water and put a peeled nipa palm in that mix. Other parts of the tree are also used in many ways such as its leaves which are used to build the roof of houses in the countryside or to make a leaf-woven basket.


Dragon Fruit

Vietnamese Fruits You Should Try When in Vietnam (Part 2)
Fruit with the most unique name

The dragon fruit is a species of cactus grown primarily in the Southern region of Vietnam and particularly in Phan Thiet. To hasten and enhance the growing process, producers use halogen lights to expose the plants for 24 hours. As a sweet, tasty, and refreshing fruit, this is widely popular and available in Vietnam for a price of VND 30,000/kg. This is one of the Vietnamese fruits you should try when in Vietnam.


Banana

Vietnamese Fruits You Should Try When in Vietnam (Part 2)
The nutritional content in bananas is very high and very good for those who want to diet

Banana is one of the popular fruits in Vietnam in a daily diet, like in many parts of the world. However, a diversity of bananas can be found in tropical countries like Vietnam. They are all different in size, color, and taste but all are delicious and healthy. With its distinctive scent, soft pulp, and high nutrients, banana is an excellent choice of fruits for people in any age group.


Pomelo

Vietnamese Fruits You Should Try When in Vietnam (Part 2)
Green skin pomelo is one of the best pomelos in Vietnam

This sweet and juicy fruit is good on its own or in fruits salad. As a good source of Vitamin C, like all citrus fruits, it is thought to reduce blood pressure if eaten regularly. With a market price of VND 70,000/kg, try this Vietnamese fruit chilled or at room temperature.


Pomegranate

Vietnamese Fruits You Should Try When in Vietnam (Part 2)
The onion-like shape makes many people mistaken

With round red-orange outer, this fruit looks like an onion, but bigger. Its flavor is a bit sour, the fruit combined with lots of fleshy segments covering little seeds inside. Moreover, if you eat it raw or make a drink from this nutritious fruit, your skin may find a bit of benefit from its antioxidants.


Buddha's Hand/Fingered Citron

Vietnamese Fruits You Should Try When in Vietnam (Part 2)
weird and strange shape

Buddha’s hand is a kind of citron with a unique shape that looks like many fingers are closing in. They have a strong fresh fragrance with yellow skin when ripe at the end of summer. Unlike most fruits and citron, in Vietnam, the fingered citron is usually not eaten raw. It is mostly used to make scented alcohol or jam and to serve as an offering to the Buddha.


Vietnamese Fruits in Daily Life

Vietnamese Fruits You Should Try When in Vietnam (Part 2)
Vietnamese like to put fruits on the altars with the belief that their deceased family members or the Gods can enjoy these offerings

Vietnamese Fruits You Should Try When in Vietnam (Part 2)
Diced fruits with shaved ice, yogurt, and syrup is a refreshing street food

You can easily find Vietnamese fruits for a fairly low price at local markets, as well as supermarkets and fruit shops, or better yet, go straight to where these fruits originally come from at the Fruits Orchards in the Mekong Delta.


Summary of the Vietnamese Fruits You Should Try When in Vietnam

The diversity of tropical fruits in Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam is an exciting experience that you should not miss when visiting the local markets. Along with the friendly locals, historical sites, and thousands of years of culture, you may find these fruits in Vietnam another remarkable memory in your journey to the East.


Above is a summary of "Vietnamese Fruits You Should Try When in Vietnam (Part 2)" If you are interested in importing and exporting fruit-related products from Vietnam, you can learn more HERE. See you in the next part of the article.

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