Monday, March 23, 2009

For Lam


The fruit stall down the end of my street, late afternoon, and in colour

6 comments:

Babzy said...

nice shot , what are these big fruits, in the background in the top ?

hedgehog said...

I think they're either grapefruits or coconuts???

simon kutcher said...

they are pomelo's. the are like massive grapefruit. really tasty

Lan Nghiem-Phu said...

Thanks for the color, Simon! Appreciate it! These pomelos must be remnants of the recent Tet days. They are not as good as the ones from Bien Hoa that are much smaller. The smaller green skin oranges (with some cut in half in the middle of the photo) are what I think can be found only in VietNam. I have never seen them in other countries. Not sure about Hong Kong or China. Not sure what the large green fruits in teh foregrouns are. Could be either water melon or large papaya? Can you imagine the work to take them out in the morning and then take them away at night at closing?

simon kutcher said...

the large dark green fruit in the foreground is watermelon. There are also smallish green mangoes and guava down the front with them.

I would love to know the history of the green skinned orange. They are indeed spectacular but because they are sour create the annoying habit of people adding sugar to them if they are juiced.

Lan Nghiem-Phu said...

Google "cam sanh vietnam" to find several very interesting sites about this orange species. As far as I know, they are very thin skinned and sweet. One web site says they are rough skinned, and I am not sure that is always true... Some sites here (unfortunately, in Vietnamese... but you can see some photos)

http://www.rauhoaquavietnam.vn/default.aspx?ID=18&LangID=1&tabID=5&NewsID=4238

http://www.baovietnam.vn/kinh-te/28762/24/Vinh-Long--Cam-sanh-cuoi-vu-nghich-gia-cao

This orange is used primarily for dessert, cut into thin sectors with the green skin intact and served after meals. Some Chinese restaurants keep that tradition too.

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