Vietnam specialties: rare bougainvillea offered for VND7 billion
It is common to see Bougainvilleas in Vietnam at inexpensive prices. However, due to their scarcity, some kinds of bougainvillea trees fetch VND hundreds of millions or even billions.
Many people were taken aback when a tree featured in the video below was valued up to VND 7 billion (over US$30,000). Bright pink blooms grow tens of meters long in the clip of bougainvilleas, which have a unique curving body.
Despite Enterprise and Marketing's assertion that the true worth of bougainvillea is yet to be confirmed, many people agree that the plant is just stunning.
200-year-old tamarind tree sets Vietnamese record
When Nguyen Hoang Tuan (44 years old and a resident of Sa Dec City, Dong Thap province) began his collection of 23 historic decorative tamarinds with distinctive placements over 20 years ago, he didn't expect to find anything quite as rare as he did. A Vietnamese record has been achieved by Mr. Tuan's collection. One of Mr. Tuan's favorite tamarind trees is the oldest and has the best form.
Unlike other ornamental tamarind trees, this one has two trunks that share a single root, making it a valuable specimen in Vietnam. The tree's trunk is enormous, and the stump and roots appear as lumps that resemble lovely creatures due to its lengthy time in the ground.
‘Mutant’ guava tree, ‘ancient’ jackfruit tree laden with fruits
On social media, the fruit trees that yield results beyond our wildest dreams are the ones that get the most attention.
Netizens were surprised recently when they observed a "mutant" guava tree with heavy fruit in Dan Viet newspaper. A lot of people know that this is pink flesh guava, which is becoming increasingly rare in the city these days.
The post about the "ancient" jackfruit tree drew attention. The trunk to the top of the jackfruit is seen in the shot, where the large fruits grow. There are many jackfruit trees in Vietnam that produce fruit, but one that produces as many fruits as this one is quite uncommon. Regardless of the photo's authenticity, everyone on the internet was in wonder after viewing this incident.
People were awestruck by an image of an ‘ancient’ jackfruit tree shared in a online group page. From its stem to the top, large fruits can be seen growing. Jackfruit trees laden with fruits in Vietnam are common, but to produce as many fruits as this one is a rarity.
Cultivating unusual grapes
Farmer Nguyen Van Dung (Tan Duong commune, Lai Vung district, Dong Thap province) revealed in Dan Tri newspaper that he received four South American woody vines for a planting test six years ago from a friend in Hanoi. Mr. Dung devised a unique method for increasing the yield of his grapes: he placed a cup of water outside the vineyard every night and tasted it in the morning. If the water was salty, it indicated that there was frost, which would be handled early to save the tree.
The Dong Thap farmer has a 2,000-square-meter premium vineyard with around 500 woody vines aged ranging from 2 to 6 years, as well as a 1,000-pot woody vineyard. Dung distributes grape varietals, particularly decorative grape types, from the North to the South due to scarcity of top-grade vines. This farmer earns an average of about 20 million VND each month only from the sale of seedlings.
Bamboo-based household items made by one-armed man
Having only one arm left after an accident has not prevented the 57-year-old ‘bamboo king’ Phan Van Chanh (Dai Thanh commune, Dai Loc district, Quang Nam province) from pursuing his love of making distinctive household items and earning tens of millions of dong each month.
Mr. Chanh said that he came up with the concept for the tables and chairs after stumbling over the curled, rough, yet attractive bamboo stumps.
After a series of missteps, Mr. Chanh ultimately released a line of high-quality items, and the demand for them continued to grow. Two months on average, Mr. Chanh sells a set of bamboo products for VND 25-60 million contingent upon the amount of items in the set (set of 5 and 9 items). Some are constructed from a large bamboo as requested by customers and are sold for between VND 65 and 70 million.
Colorful cauliflower priced at VND 1 million/kg popular with buyers
There are a number of imported agricultural items that are popular with Vietnamese housewives despite their high pricing compared to indigenous agricultural products, such as rainbow cauliflower, tiny cabbage, and so on. More and more people in Vietnam buy rainbow cauliflower, which comes in a variety of hues, including blue, white, yellow, and purple.
An imported agricultural supply chain in Ho Chi Minh City sells purple Dutch cauliflower for about VND 460,000/kg. In addition, a kilogram of Wild Roquette Salad and spinach costs VND 950,000.
Food reviewers, who can eat for free and earn money from restaurant owners after posting reviews on social networks, are becoming more common in Vietnam.
A fish breeder in the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho is attracting visitors to his farms thanks to his raising lots of rare fish.