Hanoi, Vietnam now is so famous with Hoan Kiem lake, but onething you don’t know this place have a various of delicious fruit. The article would discuss about three popular fruit in Vietnam: Lychee, Rambutan and Longan
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Lychee martinis have been hitting the scene for a few years now and remain a pretty popular beverage, but there is definitely more to the lychee than meets the eye. The white tropical fruit on its own is juicy and sweet and its two lesser known cousins, the rambutan and the longan are widely popular among Asians. I remember eating lychees a lot when I was little. I never had much of a sweet tooth for cookies or chocolate but I was always obsessed with Asian desserts. So a brief backstory. My mom is Vietnamese and my dad is Caucasian and they met in Vietnam. They got married, left Vietnam and I was born at an Army base in New Jersey. We headed to Panama, then spent a quick few years in Spokane, Washington and finally planted some roots in the dirt (literally) in a town called Tri-Cities, Washington.
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I always got to pick out my own cans. Lychees, black jello, heart of palms, thank goodness the pictures on the cans were bright and appealing. In my teens my mom and I went to Vietnam to visit her family. During our layover in Thailand she handed me a branch of these little red balls with prickly things popping out of the skin. It was soft enough to peel. I didn’t know it was a rambutan and that it was full of juice and was unsuccessful at my first attempt to try one of these little guys because the enormous amount of sticky juice tied all my fingers together. Fast forward to me finding somewhere to sit and grabbing a handful of paper towels before trying to break into one of them again. The fruit was delicious and I quickly became a fan of the rambutan fruit. Once we got to Vietnam I saw the fresh lychees and was also introduced to the longan. All three tropical fruits are indicative of Asia. If the fruit is picked straight from the tree or purchased fresh you can visually tell them apart.
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