Being geographically located in the tropical zone, Vietnam is a haven when it comes to fruits. When you first arrive in Vietnam you will be amazed at the countless number of colorful fruits sold in every street and market all year round.
Southern Vietnam is the largest fruit granary of the whole country, since the region’s weather is warm with extended periods of sunshine, high average temperature and humidity all year round.
Tropical fruits are known to be very nutritious, providing a rich source of carbohydrates, antioxidants, vitamins (especially A and C), minerals and fibres. Its flavor is often the extreme of either sweet or sour, and are known for their fragrant aroma that is unmistakeable. Due to the typical weather conditions, the fruit’s colors are vibrantly eye-catching, with red, yellow and orange among the most popular ones.
Pineapple- Summer in tropical landscape comes along with bright sunshine and extremely hot climate. With this comes the season of pineapple: the fruit with a juicy, sweet yellow meat that is grown all over Vietnam. In southern Vietnam, people call it “thom” of “fragrant fruit” for its strong sweet smell when ripening.
Mango- Mangoes are grown mostly in southern Vietnam’s provinces such as Tien Giang, Dong Thap, Can Tho, and some northern regions like Son La and Ha Giang. There are several kinds of mangoes in Vietnam: the yellow ones with sweet and soft meat including “xoai cat”, “xoai tuong”, “xoai ngua”; and the green sour ones “xoai xanh”.
Coconut- Among all the fruits, coconut is probably the most popular and has the most uses. In Southern Vietnam, coconut can be found predominantly in Ben Tre, a province which has been synonymous with coconut for centuries. Vietnam is so ripe with coconuts that you can often grab an ice-cold coconut at various street-side stalls.