Being geographically located in the tropical zone, Vietnam is truly a heaven when it comes to fruits. One who first comes to the country will be amazed at the countless number of colorful fruits sold at a very reasonable price in every street and market all year round.
Southern Vietnam is the largest fruit granary of the whole country, since the region’s weather is warm with long hours of sunshine, high average temperature and humidity year round. There are even tours arranged exclusively for tourists who love visiting orchards where they can witness how the fruits are grown and try fresh fruits right at the garden. As summer comes, the annual Fruits Festival is held in Ho Chi Minh City, attracting millions of visitors, local and foreigners alike.
Tropical fruits are often found very nutritious, providing rich source of carbohydrate, vitamins (especially A and C), minerals and fibres. Its flavor is often teh extreme of either sweet or sour, and many comes with a particular fragrance that is unmistakeable. Due to the typical weather conditions, the fruit’s colors are vibrantly eye-catching, with red, yellow and orange among the most popular ones. The abundance of fruits in the region also means that people use fruits in many different ways: eating raw, making juices, mixing salad, preserving jams and many other delicious desserts. In northern Vietnam and central highland areas, where the temperature is cooler with four separate seasons, farmers also grow temperate fruits such as apple, strawberry, cherry, grape, peach, or pear, making the collection of fruits in Vietnam an extremely rich one.
Following are some of the fruits you will be encountering as you make your way to Vietnam; some are probably found in the China town nearby to your residence.
Mango - Xoài
Mango is a nutrition-packed fruits and the Vietnamese one may be very different from what you have experienced in your local grocery stores. Read more about Vietnamese mango and recipes from mangoes.
Mangostreen - Măng cụt
Read more about Vietnamese mangosteens
Rambutans - Chôm Chôm
Read more about Vietnamese rambutans
Durians - Sầu riêng
Read more about Vietnamese durians
Pineapples - Dứa
Read more about Vietnamese pineapples
Dragon fruit - Thanh long
Read more about Vietnamese dragon fruits
Star apple - Vú sữa
Read more about Vietnamese star apples
Papaya - Đu đủ
Read more about Vietnamese papayas
Sapodilla - Hồng Xiêm
Read more about Vietnamese Sapodilla
Jackfruit - Mít
Read more about Vietnamese jackfruits
Coconut - Dừa
Read more about Vietnamese coconuts
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