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January 26, 2021, 2:29 am

Roasted Terminalia catappa fruit seeds on Con Dao

(10:31:02 AM 23/12/2014)
( - Terminalia catappa, or bang in Vietnamese can be seen around the country. However, visitors to Con Dao Island off mainland Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province may be astonished to learn that the roasted fruit of Terminalia catappa is a unique specialty there. Of course, some small packs of the roasted fruit will be perfect gifts for family and friends after a visit to the island.


Con Dao Island off, terminalia catappa, roasted seed

Terminalia catappa on Con Dao Island 


The old Terminalia catappa growing all over Con Dao Island are recognized as relic trees. According to archives at Con Dao Museum, this tree is considered a historical witness in addition to providing the deep shade. In the past, Terminalia catappa leaves were used to communicate by prisoners. They also hid letters, confidential documents and even foodstuffs under the trees.


On November 26 Con Dao islanders collect Terminalia catappa fruit and turn it into a tasty specialty. Harvest usually takes place between March and September. The fruit is dried and the seed within the fruit is removed. Then the seed is cleaned and roasted with salt or sugar.


The roasted seed costs from VND200,000 to VND400,000 per kilogram. In addition to conventional packaging, local folk also vacuum-pack the seed for longer storage.


It would be a great regret if one does not try eating roasted Terminalia catappa fruit seeds on Con Dao Island.



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