One thing that Vietnam has to offer is fruit. This is very nearly the perfect place to grow fruit with the abundant sunlight and moist, tropical air, it’s a fruit growers paradise. All the tropical fruits are found here, and many fruits that are only found in South East Asia as well. There are even some fruits that are found only in Vietnam. So to choose only 5 fruits out of the many fruits that are grown here is difficult to say the least, and so these 5 fruits are representative of the kinds of fruit that can be found in Vietnam. While here be sure to eat as many delicious fruits as you can, and enjoy the bounty that Vietnam has to offer.
Green Dragon (Thanh Long)
It’s often grown in Phan Thiet, and has become a very popular fruit. The fruit is rather big, weighing anywhere from 200 to 500 grams, and has pink or dark-red colour. The inside of the fruit is gray and has many little seeds (like sesame seeds, but smaller) surrounded by a large pulpy center. The fruit tastes sweet and a little bit sour, with the consistency of watermelon. In fact it tastes like a slightly less sweet, slightly more sour version of Watermelon. It’s delicious and the very best way to cool down on a hot, sultry day. The ripe fruit looks like the kohlrabi cabbage and has an oval shape.
Thieu Litchi (Vải Thiều)
Thieu is the name dedicated to a special kind of litchi grown in Hai Duong Province. The Thieu Litchi is a bit bigger than the Long an. Unlike the skin of the Long an, which is rather smooth, the dark red skin of the litchi is rough and rippled. The meat of the litchi is also transparent white, but it is thicker and juicier than that of a Long An. The litchi seed is also smaller than the Long An seed. And it is grown mostly in the north of Vietnam. This fruit is very sweet and juicy and has a large pit in the center surrounded by the pulpy fruit, like an apricot. This is a great treat, though the skin can be difficult to peal sometimes. The Long an is another fruit with a brown husk, that is very similar, though not as sweet or juicy. This also makes an excellent juice.
Star Apple (Vú Sữa)
No better word than marvelous can be used to praise the tropical fruit with the name Vu Sua. Upon entering a star apple orchard, the most famous being located in Can Tho Province, Mekong River Delta, visitors can see for themselves the hundreds of star apples suspended from the branches. The round smooth fruit are all of equal size. The shape of the star apple matches the name attached to it, as does its juice which is fragrantly sweet and milky white. The fruit tastes and looks a lot like a persimmon and is very sweet and delicious with a milky juice.
This is the ubiquitous fruit of Vietnam and South East Asia. In popularity and usage it rivals even the apple in America, or the olive in Greece. Nearly all the food and many of the drinks feature mango in some capacity and everyone here enjoys mangoes. Mangos are an oval shaped fruit with a green husk and yellow pulpy center. In the middle is a large seed. The Mango is very sweet and juicy and can be eaten both when ripe or even a little under ripe. It’s delicious in desserts or drinks and also just eaten by itself. It’s the number one fruit in Vietnam.
Jack fruit (Mít)
This is another very popular fruit in Vietnam, and is closely related to Durian, it’s stinky cousin. This fruit is probably the second most popular fruit after that mango, though it’s a close tie between durian and jack fruit, as most Vietnamese like durian, but not many foreigners can get past the smell. Jack fruit comes in green husk which contains a lot of smaller yellow fruits which are made up a yellow outer peel and an inner brown seed. The yellow peel can be eaten and is very sweet. It’s probably the sweetest fruit in Vietnam and tastes like candy. It’s very delicious and tasty and can be found throughout Vietnam and South East Asia.