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Weirdly giant fruits in Vietnam lesser known to local people

November 25, 2020 | 07:52

As a tropical country, Vietnam is home to a large variety of fruits. Yet, not all Vietnamese people know about those giant fruits listed in the article below. Let's dive into to see what the "strange fruits" are.

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Giant gourds

Given the heavy weight (50-60kg each fruit), the giant gourd species in Binh Dinh province, southern Vietnam is considered "unique". Some gourds even weigh up to 80kg.

The special soil is part of the reason behind the fruit's humongous size. Some visitors bought the fruits home to grow the giant gourds at their homeland but couldn't yield good results.

Local gardeners sow the seeds between October and November. Small gourds start to appear after Lunar New Year. The fruits are normally harvested in May or June.

Weirdly giant fruits in Vietnam lesser known to local people
(Photo: Vietnamnet)
Weirdly giant fruits in Vietnam lesser known to local people
(Photo: Vietnamnet)

The gourds are so big that farmers have to lift them up with cloth like this.

Weirdly giant fruits in Vietnam lesser known to local people
(Photo: Vietnamnet)

Giant tomatoes

Each giant tomato is up to 1kg, ten to 15 times bigger than the normal tomato. According to Vientamnet, the giant tomato tree is measured up to 1-3 meters in height. With the harvest time lasts for an average of 6-7 months, the time is also 3 times longer than usual.

One kilogran of giant tomato is sold at VND 30.000 (US $1.29).

Weirdly giant fruits in Vietnam lesser known to local people
(Photo: Vietnamnet)
Weirdly giant fruits in Vietnam lesser known to local people
(Photo: Vietnamnet)
Weirdly giant fruits in Vietnam lesser known to local people
(Photo: Vietnamnet)

Giant banana

The giant banana (known as Chuối tá quạ in Vietnamese) is the specialty of Cau Ke district, Tra Vinh province.

Each banana is 0.5-1kg, and extends for some 35-40cm. Each bunch only has 2-3 bananas, while the normal one can house up to dozens of bananas.

One fruit store in Ho Chi Minh City sod one banana at VND 20,000 (US $0.86).

Weirdly giant fruits in Vietnam lesser known to local people
(Photo: Vietnamnet)
Weirdly giant fruits in Vietnam lesser known to local people
(Photo: Vietnamnet)
Weirdly giant fruits in Vietnam lesser known to local people
(Photo: Vietnamnet)

Giant lemon

The giant lemon originates from Myanmar and has been introduced to Vietnam in recent years. Ripe lemon fruit has a very beautiful yellow color, with few seeds, no thorns, making it easier to tend and harvest.

This kind of lemon on the occasion of Tet has the price up to VND 300,000 - 500,000 (US $12.92 - 21.54). Each tree yields around 20 lemons in one season.

Weirdly giant fruits in Vietnam lesser known to local people
(Photo: Vietnamnet)
Weirdly giant fruits in Vietnam lesser known to local people
(Photo: Vietnamnet)

Two-colored coconut

The two-colored coconut, or Adona coconut has become more familiar with locals in Ho Chi Minh city. The fruit has thin shell and sweet water. It can grow well in different soil.

Weirdly giant fruits in Vietnam lesser known to local people
(Photo: Vietnamnet)
Weirdly giant fruits in Vietnam lesser known to local people
(Photo: Vietnamnet)

Red jack fruit

The red jack fruit has been introduced to Vietnam from Thailand in recent few years. The tree yields fruits after only 18-24 months. Each fruit is 7-15 kg.

Weirdly giant fruits in Vietnam lesser known to local people
(Photo: Vietnamnet)
Weirdly giant fruits in Vietnam lesser known to local people
(Photo: Vietnamnet)
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