Today, the trend of planting Thai and Malaysian durian varieties is multiplying. From the West of the river to the East of the mountains. What about pure Vietnamese breeds? That is a common question among durian lovers.
Hopefully someone can preserve Vietnamese durian varieties so that in the future, Vietnam will be proud of having durian varieties with unique and distinct flavors unlike any other imported durian varieties.
Whether it’s good or bad, that’s typical of Vietnam, better than borrowing foreign varieties. Malaysia was very proud of owning MusangKing, D24, D145, D101, D200 – famous durian varieties around the world….and Vietnam is proud of growing their delicious varieties?
This word opens a series of durian varieties in Vietnam that many of you probably don’t know about, the first is the Durian variety Xanh!
Durian variety Green Bitter Gourd
The origin of this durian variety was planted around 1930 by Mr. Chanh Bai Man in Tam Binh village and propagated by seed growing in his father’s garden in Tam Binh village (now in Binh Duc hamlet, Tam Binh commune). , Cai Lay district).
Around 1970, Mr. Hai Ton in Tam Binh commune brought this variety to set up a garden on Ngu Hiep island.
Mr. Thuan (4th brother of Mr. Hai Ton) recounted:
Around 1970, when the family moved from Tam Binh commune to Ngu Hiep island to set up a business, they brought a durian variety to plant.
When he went to Ngu Hiep island to set up a garden, his family only brought these ten durian roots to intercrop with lemons. On the fertile alluvial island, durian grows green and bears fruit. In the season, when durian is fully ripe, the family collects the fruit and sells it for 30-40 VND/kg.
After 1975, the island land was also attracted to the movement of agricultural production groups, durian fruit was rarely mentioned. Because, during the subsidy period, everyone thought that rice was not enough to eat, grow durian to sell to anyone. As for Mr. Thuan’s family, he quietly took care of the durian roots with the mood “it’s good to leave it, it’s bad for the king”.
Then nature happened to bring Mr. Thuan a valuable lesson. In 1978, high tide broke the embankment. Durian is “shocked” so it flowers and bears a lot of fruit. After this incident, Mr. Thuan discovered the technique of pumping water, squeezing the water and then covering it with plastic for the durian tree to flower out of season, with high yield.
Glorious period of Green Bitter gourd
The early 1990s was the heyday of this variety, durian trees flooded Ngu Hiep Island, spreading to Tam Binh, Long Tien, Long Trung, Hoi Xuan communes along Tra Tan canal (Ba Rai) and many other places.
Because the tree is easy to bear fruit, the yield is very high, the taste is delicious. Around the end of the 1990s to 2005 was the time when many other durian varieties appeared, showing clearly superior characteristics and quality compared to the Green kumquat variety.
Gardeners began to cut down the large-seeded Green Kumquat varieties, replacing them with new flat-seeded varieties such as Chuong Bo, Chin Hoa, Sau Huu, La Queo, Ri 6, Monthong and many imported varieties as well as natural hybrids. .
The heyday of this breed is over, but its name has become legendary, as few varieties have been famous since the French colonial period. Up to now, when it comes to Green Kumquat, people no longer intend to replant this variety, which has brought the people of this country from poverty to affluence.
Today by chance I saw an abandoned Green Bitter gourd in a wild garden with unknown owner, looking at it as prosperous as the day it was still glorious, the tree was still full of fruit, the rice was still golden, the bitter aftertaste was still there. , the bitter aftertaste captivates people’s hearts, still the same big seed, the tree still does not disappoint people even though people have abandoned it long ago.
Features of Durian Green Kumquat
Durian green bitter gourd enters the harvest as early as April and is likely to participate throughout the July harvest and is likely to produce off-season.
Durian green bitter melon has the shape of a filling, the color of the green skin is similar to that of bitter melon, the spikes are quite thick.
Durian green bitter melon has yellow rice, slightly mushy, has a light aroma and a moderate sweet and fatty taste. In particular, this durian variety when eaten will have a characteristic bitter taste, helping eaters not feel bored when eating too much at once.
The edible pulp for the evenly stretched fruit of green bitter melon is relatively small. However, the green bitter gourd has the advantage of being less susceptible to embarrassment, which is difficult for any other type of durian to match at this point.
Durian variety Green Bitter Melon – Green Skin
- Origin of hamlet Binh Thanh – Tam Binh – Cai Lay – Tien Giang.
- Plants grow vigorously, few pests and diseases.
- Open canopy, sparse branches, dense green leaves.
- Natural ripening time 100 days.
- Average weight 1.5 kg.
- Ratio of rice reaches 20%
- Left elliptical, round oval, short left.
- Dark green skin, small spines, short, tight.
- Medium thick shell.
- The rice is bright yellow, soft, smooth, not fibrous, not mushy.
- Strong sweet, fatty, quite fragrant.
- Medium sized seeds.