Makapuno fruit is a strange kind of coconut which has the skin and shape similar to the others but typically smelling, greasy, spongy, sticky, thick flesh and gelatinous, nontransparent water due to genetic mutation, ground, weather, etc. In Vietnam, we call this fruit Dua sap. Not all of the makapunos produce the fruits with thick flesh and less water. In a bunch of coconut fruits, there are only a few Dua sap. Makapuno tree only produces the fruits with thick flesh and less water if it is grown on the suitable ground. So that this kind of fruit is very rare and expensive. In Vietnam, Cau Ke district of Tra Vinh province is the unique place where Makapuno trees produce Dua sap. Cau Ke Makapuno has become the pride of Tra Vinh people.
In Tra Vinh, Makapuno has been grown since the 1960s. However, it was not famous until the beginning of the 21st century. In the past, Tra Vinh people grew this kind of tree, harvested the fruits for the families and friends. In recent days, Makapuno production has been extended.
Makapuno flesh can be eaten raw. It tastes sweet, greasy, tender but chewy distinctively. You can mix the flesh with milk, crushed ice and top with crushed toasted peanuts and eat. You can add various fruits to the mixture at your wish. Makapuno smoothie is an outstanding Makapuno recipe. Blend the flesh, crushed ice, sugar and milk to have a refreshing and delicious smoothie.
If you travel to Tra Vinh, you can see many shops selling Makapuno and delicious dishes which are specialty foods of Tra Vinh. Do not miss a big chance to enjoy Makapuno dishes to refresh yourself and buy some Makapuno to bring home as a special gift for your family and friends.