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Month: February 2018

Trying New Fruits in Vietnam: Mãng Cầu (AKA Custard Apple)

Trying New Fruits in Vietnam: Mãng Cầu (AKA Custard Apple)

Mãng Cầu (AKA Custard Apple or Sugar Apple) has a dragon scale-like exterior and creamy sweet flesh that’s low in acidity. The many seeds that dot the interior are a bit of a nuisance to work around but the resulting treat is well worth the effort. Locally, the fruit is enjoyed as a fresh snack or blended into healthy smoothies. It’s rich in potassium and magnesium and contains vitamin A, calcium, copper, fiber and phosphorous. The leaves of the plant…

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Trying New Fruits in Vietnam: Rambutan

Trying New Fruits in Vietnam: Rambutan

To us, Rambutan fruit (also known in Vietnam as “Chom Chom”) looks like a magnified microbe or a creature you’d encounter in the deep ocean. Common throughout Asia, this spiny/hairy fruit may look menacing, however it’s actually quite soft to the touch. To eat this sweetly floral, slightly tart fruit, you must first remove its outer leathery skin to reveal the translucent white orb within. Careful when biting because there is an almond-sized pit that you’ll need to pry out…

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