Enjoying Sweet Fruits from the "Land of Baccaurea"
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|Baccaurea is a woody tree, from 10 to 20 m high. The fruit grows on the tree trunks and some large branches, turning red or yellow when ripe. (Photo: Son Thuy)|
Among local fruit trees in Tien Phuoc, Quang Nam, baccaurea and langsat are the most special. Baccaurea is less delicious than langsat, however, in the ripe season, clusters of bright pink baccaurea fruits look so attractive that one cannot help but craving to taste the familiar fruit of Quang Nam mountainous region.
Baccaurea ripe season in Tien Phuoc comes in the 7th and 8th months of the lunar calendar. Around the season, you can easily find the juicy fruits in every garden in Tien Phuoc - "the land of baccaurea."
|The tree has a wide canopy and beautiful pink fruits growing from the tree trunk. Therefore, many people buy alive trees as decorative items. (Photo: Bao Anh)|
In Tien Phuoc district, the kind of tree is grown mainly in Tien Tho commune with a total of about 4,000 trees, while other communes such as Tien Tho, Tien Ky, Tien Canh, Tien Hiep, and Son - Cam - Ha region also grow a few. On average, each gardener can earn VND 15-20 million (US$ 652 - 869) from selling the fruits.
|The fruits have a sour and sweet taste. A bunch of baccaurea normally has several dozen fruits. (Photo: Bao Anh)|
Baccaurea is a type of tree, around 10 to 20 m high. The fruit grows on the tree trunks and some large branches, turning red or yellow when ripe. A bunch of baccaurea normally has several dozen fruits. Baccaurea used to be a wild plant that the local people found in the forest. Because of its sweet and sour fruits, the locals then planted them in their home gardens.
In the past, the fruits bring no economic interest. The trees are widely planted mostly due to their big shades. Recently, farmers in Tien Phuoc harvest the fruits and sell for VND 4,000 - 6,000 (US$ 0,2 - 0,3) per kg to improve their income. Each tree can give more than 150 kg of fruit. With current prices, a farm can earn VND 3 - 4 million (US$ 130 - 174) on each tree.
|Tran Cong Trinh standing next to a baccaurea tree full of fruits. (Photo: Bao Anh)|
Tran Cong Trinh, a Tien Phuoc resident, said: "Baccaurea fruits are not the main source of income, they just contribute to raising the income. Some families plant dozens of this tree, some plant a few. Tien Phuoc people are hospitable. In this season, if you come to a resident's garden to visit, you will be invited to enjoy the fruits."
Many people buy alive baccaurea trees as decorative items, which makes brings significant income to farmers.
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