Tropical, strange fruits you’ve probably never seen before in Vietnam

Available in : Vietnamese

 

October 23.2021

 

 

Discover unusual Vietnamese fruits to surprise your palate!

 

 

 

Trái điều đỏ – Tejocote

 

 

 

 

Trái điều đỏ is called by the South Vietnamese as “red plum” or “red cashew” or also Peach blossom by Chinese. The fruit has white flesh very fragrant, with a subtle sweet and sour taste tasting like plum.  In addition to the fruits, the young plant’s leaves, are eaten like vegetables with banh xéo, braise fish sauce etc.

 

 

 

Trái bần – Sonneratia caseolaris

 

 

 

 

The leaves and the fruit are edible and appreciated as food in Asia where the pulp of the fruit is mixed with coconut milk extract or made into a milkshake. The fruit can also be eaten with scraped coconut & sugar, eaten raw with salt, or cooked in sour soup.

 

 

 

Trái quách – Limonia acidissima

 

 

 

This round fruit is about the size of a desiccated coconut shell, with rough white skin and a brown sweet and sour flesh, and grows in the Southwest region of Vietnam. The Trái quách has the scent of kumquat and is used in smoothies, chicken hotpots, or fish sauce.

 

 

 

Trái bình bát – Annona glabra

 

 

 

 

Trái bình bát or Wild sweetsop vary in shape, heart-shaped, spherical, oblong, or irregular. When ripe, the fruit is brown or yellowish, with red highlights. The flesh varies from juicy and very aromatic to hard with a repulsive taste. The flavor can be sweet and pleasant, akin to the taste of ‘traditional’ custard. According to Vietnamese folklore, this plant has great effects on health. The fruit can be eaten raw or can be prepared as juices, ice cream, puddings, or sauce. The leaves and the branches can also be used for tanning as they contain blue pigments.

 

 

 

Mít không hạt – Jackfruit

 

 

 

 

If you are a hard “Fan” of jackfruit, you will love this fruit with a completely new version that is seedless jackfruit. Not only is it more delicious and sweet than other types of jackfruit, has absolutely no seeds inside and has a gentle scent that is not as strong as regular jackfruit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vú Sữa Hoàng or Abiu fruit has a roundish oval shape, about the size of a peach, with a pointy end. In some varieties, the pointy end is larger and protrudes like a nipple! The skin of the abiu fruit is smooth and shiny, dark green when it is immature, and turns into a brilliant golden yellow color when the fruit is ripe and ready to be picked. People sometimes misidentify the abiu fruits as mangoes because of the similar bight yellow skin. However, the abiu has an amazing taste, unlike any other fruit. Abiu is usually eaten fresh. You just cut the fruit in half length-wise and use a spoon to scoop out the soft flesh inside. A ripe abiu has a unique taste. The creamy white flesh is extremely delicate, lightly sweet, with a strong hint of caramel and vanilla. Some people describe the flavor as similar to a crème caramel flan!

 

 

 

 

Most people buy this purple longan due to their curiosity for its beautiful, purple color. The taste and quality of purple longan as the same as the normal longan. Due to their unique and rare color, this fruit is loved by many asian.

 

 

 

Trái ô môi – Cassia grandis

 

 

 

 

This tree commonly found in the Southern Delta bears fruit once a year. The fruit is green when young, dark brown to old, about 3-4 cm long and curved like a crescent, very hard and rough, with many thin segments. The fruits which is sweet, slightly bitter, with acrid aromatic taste and a characteristic odor is mainly used in medicinal preparation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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