Mother Nature gives us an amazing weather, Vietnam is truly a heaven of fruits. Anyone who travel to Vietnam will be amazed at the countless number of colorful fruits sold at a very reasonable price in every street and market all year round. Some fruits may be strange to foreign visitors. And they don’t know how to eat these kinds of fruits. I would like to share the way to eat most popular fruits in Vietnam.
Open the rambutan in one of two ways. The first is by cutting part way into the rind. The second is by biting into it as the spines are quite soft. Once the rind is cut part way around the equator of the fruit it can be pried open. If the rambutan is really fresh there may be some juice that you should try to catch before it drips. The rambutan can now be removed from the rind by squeezing until it pops out. There is one bitter seed in the center that should be thrown out.
The flesh is tender and delicious. Its taste is described as sweet and sour, much like a grape. Besides vitamin C, there are many other nutritional components to savor. In the market, look for brightly colored fruits that are free from signs of leaking.
The flesh is flesh is semitransparent or pale pink
The name of this fruit means “hairy” as you can see, choose the brightly colored fruits that are free from signs of leaking
2. Star apple
The Vietnamese name of star apple is Vu Sua (meaning milk from the breast), comes from the milky sweet juice contained in its flesh. There are two types of star apple: one being purple in color and the other being a green-brownish color. Both are sweet and fragrant . This fruit is served chilled as wonderful dessert.
Orchard growers were grabbing star apples
Purple star apples in a basket
The star apple could be eaten in many ways. You can peel the fruit with a sharp knife and eat the flesh. Its black seeds are thrown away. A simple way would be to cut up the fruit into two parts and scoop out the pulp by a spoon.
Cut star apple in half to see the star
But eating by these two ways, you may waste most of its sweet-tasting juice. Orchard growers and rural people eat the star fruit in a different way. Firstly they squeeze the star apple until it becomes tender and that the juice mixes up with its meat. Then they drill a small hole on top of the fruit and drink the flow of mixed-up meat and sweet juice.
Drill a small hole on top of a green star apple to enjoy the fruit to its fullest
In market, choose smooth, bright, shiny star apples without skin damage. The fruit can be stored at room temperature for up to a week and in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. The pulp can also be frozen. Blended pulp will set like jelly then stored in refrigerator.
Besides being sweet and nutritious, lychee fruit brings cooling effect on the human body to beat the scorching summer heat. Find a firm fruit, that gives a little when squeezed without collapsing or leaking. A relatively smooth skin is also a good sign, with slight bumps instead of major raised nubs.
Smooth skin, slight bumps are sign of good lychee
Grasp the nub of the stem and peel away the pink or yellowish-brown skin at one end. The white, semi-translucent flesh inside is the edible portion of the fruit. The fresh lychee tastes sweet, crunchy and tender.
Lychee is peeled and semi-translucent, white flesh is revealed
4. Dragon Fruits
Dragon fruit is a stunning and beautiful fruit that exhibits vivirant colors and shape. The fruit comes in 3 colors: 2 have pink skin, but with different colored flesh (one white, the other red), while another type is yellow with white flesh.
To choose a ripe dragon fruit, look for bright, even-colored skin. If the fruit has a lot of blotches, it may be over-ripe. Hold the dragon fruit in your palm and try pressing the skin , it should give a little, but shouldn’t be too mushy or soft. If it’s very firm, it will need to ripen for a few days.
Dragon fruit with pink skin and white flesh
Slice right through the fruit by a sharp knife, you will see bright white flesh with tiny black seeds distributed throughout the fruit. That looks similar to a kiwi inside. Then you use a spoon to enjoy the amazingly delicious flesh of dragon fruit. It tastes sweet and crunchy, with a flavor that’s like a cross between kiwi and pear. Dragon fruit is used to make smoothie that is extremely flavourful.
You should use a sharp knife to cut the dragon fruit into 2 parts
Then use a spoon to get the meat
A spoonful of dragon fruit meat
5. Custard apple
Custard apple are delicious and very nutritious, perfect for eating every day. Custard apples have pale green skin with large bumps. They are heart-shaped fruit, with soft white flesh and large, shiny black seeds. Choose a fruit without dark blemishes. A custard apple is ripe when you gently squeeze it and it gives slightly under your hand. Much the same as an avocado. You can buy custard apples ready to eat, or still hard to the touch and let it ripen over the next few days after purchase.
Good custart apples look like this
Hold the custard apple in your hand
Remove the petiole from the fruit
Use the other hand to remove the peel, it’s very easy to do
Continue to do that
until the meat is uncovered
Just enjoy the fruit
Dont forget to throw the seeds
Their skin and seeds are inedible, but their custard-like flesh is sweet and creamy. The easiest way to eat custard apples is to just cut in half or pull apart with your hands and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh to eat. The taste of a custard apple has been described as like sweet custard mixed with cooked apple or pear flesh. The flesh closest to the skin
The fruit grows in drooping clusters. Fruit is globose, 1/2 to 1 inch in diameter, with thin, brittle, yellow-brown to light reddish-brown rind. The flesh is whitish, translucent, somewhat musky, sweet. The seed is round, jet-black, shining, giving it the aspect of an eye.
A bunch of longan
Choose longans that are firm and free of bruises and blemishes. Simply peel the longan, taste flesh and thow out the seed. Logan fruit can be eaten raw, dried or even frozen to enjoy later. No mater how it is used, the health benefits are plentiful.
Hold the longan on one hand
Use the other hand to peel the logan
Continue peeling the longan
Continue peeling the longan
Eat the Spectacular and mouthful longan flesh
Do not eat the seed
You can enjoy a plate of mixed fruit – a specialty food in Vietnam to eat all delicious foods at the same time.
Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
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