Sunday, December 16, 2007 10:00:55 AM
Recently , Magazine "HOA HOC TRO" ,a popular magazine for tenager , mobilize to write about " My Fatherland" .I am not good at literature .So although i really want present my "Love" for my dear country but i can`t write .
I think that if i can`t join this contest , why don`t i manifest by real doing?^_^
And i have a Germany friend (Jonas) .He said that he `ll visit Vietnam in next year and he like Vietnamese fruit very much .
So i though why don`t i introduce Vietnamese fruits for global friends . To they understand more about Vietnam , about Vietnamese . This is way to i say with my dear homeland : I LOVE VIETNAM
Mango plants are grown in most southern provinces. The most reputed mangoes come from Cao Lanh district in Dong Thap province. When the mangoes are ripening, they need large amounts of bright sunshine. The more sunshine the maturing fruit receives, the stronger its flavour will be and the brighter its skin will look. Mangoes are divided into several kinds, known locally as Xoai Cat, Xoai Tuong, Xoai Voi, Xoai Xiem, Xoai Ngua. The finest mango is Xoai Cat. The fruit has a brighter yellow peel and a rounder shape and weighs as much as 0.5 kilograms. The pulp is sweeter and more fragrant than that of other varieties.
Sau Rieng signifies "One's own sorrows" in Vietnamese. Why is this fruit under such an austere name ? - Yes, it proceeds from an immortal love story. Long ago, there lived a young couple in the region. Not being able to overcome some social prejudices, they had to find their death to be faithful to their love for ever. Their own sorrows have received the populace's sympathies, and their dramatic love story has been handed down from generation to generation. To commemorate that couple, locals have named their one of the local valuable fruits Sau Rieng.
Durian is an expensive fruit. It is from five to six times larger than a mangosteen. Its skin is thick, rough and covered with sharp thorns. Yet, with a gentle cut between the edges of the outer shell, you can easily open the fruit to see layers of layers of brightly yellow segments of pulp as if the pulp is covered with a thin layer of butter. According to the writer Mai Van Tao, "The dense fragrance which spreads near and far and lingers a long time before disappearing. The strong smell can go straight to your nostrils when you are still as far as several dozen metres away from where the fruit is. The fragrance of durian is a mixture of smell coming from a ripening jackfruit and that of a shaddock. Moreover, it also has a strong smell that foreign-made cheese has to offer and is as tastily rich as that of a hen's egg. Others add more traits to the fruit as it also has the sweet like that of well-kept honey. What a specially tempting smell ! Those who have not enjoyed the *fruit for once could find it hard to eat. Yet, once they have tried it, they are likely to seek for it happily...".^_^
###MANGOSTEEN The name and the shape of this fruit do not look attractive to those who first see it. A mangosteen is as big as a tennis ball and has the dark violet and rough skin. Yet, when peeling off the upper part of the fruit with a small sharp knife and lifting the upper part off, you can see the transparent white pulp inside arranged in equal segments. Just lifting segment by segment of such transparent white pulp to the mouth, you can imagine of having a light and pure refreshment with an easily acceptable little sour taste lingering in your mouth.
There are several kinds of Buoi (pomelo) regionally famous for their taste, and each of them is named after the locality where it is grown (Buoi Bien Hoa, Buoi Phuc Trach, Buoi Thuan Hai, for example). Buoi duong Phuc Trach (Phuc Trach sweet pomelo) has been famous widely in the country after it was awarded a medal at a national fruit fair organised in 1938. The Far East Economic Review remarked : "In Vietnam's central coast, there is a particularly delicious pomelo. Kept after a while, the juice in the pomelo segments becomes muddy as if it is some sort of sugar itself. You can try the fruit as much as you can".
###STAR APPLEUpon entering an orchard of star apple trees, visitors can see for themselves hundreds of star apples hanging suspendedly from branches. The round and smooth fruits are of the same size. The shape of the star apple only may as well match the name attached to it let alone its juice as fragrantly sweet, purely white as the milk from the breast. When using the knife to cut the fruit, it is advisable to cut the fruit into two parts before using a spoon to take out the pulp bit by bit until nothing is left. The most appreciated way to enjoy this fruit is to drill a small hole at its top and lift it to the mouth and raise the head backward to suck the flow of the fragrant juice into the mouth continuously as if a baby sucking milk from its mother's breast. Don't forget to squeeze the tough fruit for a while until it becomes tendered so that the juice can mix with the pulp of the fruit to become a sweet and fragrant muddy substance that looks like milk from the breast.
A rambutan tree has a broad foliage and many branches. The tree yields fruit at the beginning of the rainy season in the southern provinces. The Chom fruit season finishes at the end of the rainy season (from May to October). The skin of the fruit is tough, thick and hairy. Its pulp is transparent white and tender, and has a cool sweet taste in the mouth.The kind of rambutan most reputed nation-wide is grown in Binh Hoa Phuoc village in Long Ho district (Vinh Long province). During the rambutan season, one can notice the typical bright red colour of rambutan fruit stands located in the markets or along road intersections throughout the southern provinces.
Hope you understand more about Vietnamese fruits and if have occasion , taste their aromatic flavour^_^