Asia and it’s tropical climate are renown for having a lush flora with a myriade of different species. This holds true particularily with fruits. Discover which of the fruits you can find in Vietnam are a must try. We start from the principle that everybody already know well Mangos, Litchis and other Longans ;-).
1. Durian (Sầu riêng)
Durian is considered in Asia as the King of fruits. With this fruit it’s really a hit or a miss. You’ll either love it or hate it. One thing for sure is that this fruit smell strong. For some it smells like perfume for some it smells like rancid. So much so, that it’s nicknamed the Stinky Fruit in some countries. For the people who enjoy it, it basically taste like a sweet and perfumed cake cream, amazing !
2. Mangosteen (Măng cụt)
Mangosteen is a fruit widely available during a particular season : May and June. This fruit have a soft crumbling skin that reveals pillow like looking wedges. If you are lucky in those sweet, perfumed and slightly acidic pillows you won’t find any seeds. This fruit is delicious but it is not easy to select them, as you will often find yourself with some inedible ones.
3. Langsat (Bòn bon)
Langsat is a sweet fruit literally named “bòn bon” in Vietnamese. So don’t be surprised that this fruit smells and taste like a real candy. This fruit is not overly juicy like a Litchi would, but it’s so sweet that you finger will end up sticking. Most of the seeds will be easy to swallow as they are not very big.
4. Rambutan (Chôm chôm)
Rambutan is a fruit that is very close to a Litchi in terms of look and taste. But I like it more because it’s a lot less messy and easier to open in my opinion. The taste is not exactly the same as well. I find it to be more balanced between sweet and flavors. So if you like Litchi and convenience, you’ll love this fruit.
5. Guava (Ổi)
Guava is a well known fruit in South America. In Vietnam Guava is white and eaten as a dessert and sometimes as a Juice. The texture is really close to a Peer but slightly harder and less watery. The taste is very different too. You can eat the skin of this fruit and by the first bite you’ll understand that it is a healthy option as it is not too sweet.
6. Java Apple (Mận or Roi)
Java Apple is red fruit which has a particular shape. The taste is something between an apple and a peer but with a lighter taste and overall fresher feeling. The good thing with this fruit is that it doesn’t need it’s skin to be removed. It’s particularly a good choise for the Summer.
7. Star Fruit (Khế)
Star Fruit is a fairly difficult product to find especially in certain area of Vietnam. There are different types of Star Fruits, some are sweet and some more acid. This fruit have a bit of an agrume perfume like a lime would and as a acid fruit it’s perfectly accompanied by some bot canh or hao hao powder ;-).
8. Jackfruit (Mít)
Jackfruit or Mit in Vietnamese is a fruit that looks not too far away from a Durian both in color and shape. If the Jackfruit taste and smell strong as well, it’s definitely less polarizing and easier to eat than Durian for most people. It is a tasteful and sweet fruit with firm flesh. It’s pretty rare to fall into a fruit that doesn’t taste good and you can buy it already cut.
9. Custard Apple (Mãng Cầu)
Custard Apple is a very interesting fruit. You can only eat it when it’s ripe and the skin almost fall to the touch to reveal white sweet flesh pieces covering seeds. The texture is soft, sometimes a bit sandy. It’s an easy fruit to eat but beware as it can spoil very quickly.
10. Milk Fruit (Vú sữa)
Milk Fruit or Vua Sua like its name suggest is a fruit that ressemble and taste like breast milk. Vietnamese people even believe that it is a good idea to eat this fruit when breast feeding a newborn. The nature is well made. It’s not a fruit that I would eat everyday personally but definitely something to try at least once.
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