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Check out these burmese grape gardens in Mekong Delta’s Can Tho City

Sunday, June 05, 2022, 10:32 GMT+7
Check out these burmese grape gardens in Mekong Delta’s Can Tho City
A tourist poses for a photo with a cluster of Ha Chau burmese grapes at My Khanh fruit garden, Phong Dien District, Can Tho City. Photo: T.Luy / Tuoi Tre

When visiting Can Tho City in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, travelers should not miss the Ha Chau burmese grape orchards, a regional specialty, in addition to the durian, rambutan, and mangosteen gardens.

This time of year, the Ha Chau burmese gardens have begun to bloom, prompting gardeners in the Phong Dien District to combine garden ecology with tourism and gastronomy to attract tourists.

A local in Phong Dien discovered and genetically modified the Ha Chau burmese grape.

The Ha Chau burmese grape is registered as a Phong Dien specialty trademark, with the primary growing areas located in Phong Dien Town, Nhon Ai, and My Khanh Communes.

Initially, the Ha Chau burmese grape gardens in the district spanned a vast area of approximately 800 hectares and included other burmese grape species.

A cluster of ripe Ha Chau burmese grapes at a garden in Can Tho City. Photo: T.Luy / Tuoi Tre
A cluster of ripe Ha Chau burmese grapes at a garden in Can Tho City. Photo: T.Luy / Tuoi Tre

In recent years, people have cut down and planted durian since the market value of burmese grapes is not as high as it once was.

According to Nguyen Van Ut Em, head of the agriculture department of Phong Dien District, the district has recommended residents to maintain the distinctive burmese grape gardens, integrating them with ecotourism to generate a greater revenue.

Currently, the growing area for Ha Chau burmese grapes has been reduced to approximately 380 hectares, and there are more than ten burmese grape gardens that combine this model with economic efficiency.

When ripe, the edible portion of the fruits of the Ha Chau burmese grape has a lovely ivory-white tint and is sweet and fragrant. 

Ha Chau burmese grapes can yield three crops annually: the primary harvest in the fifth lunar month, the second harvest in the seventh and eighth lunar months, and the late harvest in the first lunar month.

Visitors to Can Tho should not miss out on visits to these gardens to explore, photograph, and purchase products from these specialty burmese grape plantations.

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Linh To - T.Luy / Tuoi Tre News


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