Cana fruit appears in August and September, when the water rises, bringing alluvium to the Mekong Delta. In the past, cana was just a wild fruit, but now, this fruit makes diners, especially young people “fall in love”, so it has begun to be grown more to meet the market.
Cana leaves are diamond-shaped, clustered in clusters, dark green in color, and have a sour and acrid taste when unprocessed. People in the river region often beat and then directly dip salt and pepper to eat, it sounds normal, but if you try it, it’s not good when you try it. In addition, ca na is also processed into extremely unique snacks that everyone should try once!
1. Crushed cauliflower mixed with salt and chili
The raw tomato fruit is very acrid and sour, so if you are not used to eating it directly like a native, it will be very difficult to eat. Therefore, cana has been transformed into many “versions”, in which, ca na mixed with salt and pepper has successfully become a “hot” dish among young people. The cana fruit is smashed, rinsed many times with water to reduce the acrid and sour taste, then soaked in salt, soaked in sugar and the last step is mixed with chili salt. A successful dish of salted and chili salted cauliflower is that the fruit is still green, tough, and permeated with the pungent taste of chili salt, eaten once and remembered forever.
2. Cannabis soaked in sugar
This is a seemingly simple dish, but it is very sophisticatedly prepared. The cana fruit selected to soak in sugar must be moderately old, if it is too young, it will have a bitter taste, if it is ripe, the finished product will be soft and not delicious. The first is to split the fruit lengthwise into 4 to 5 sugars, then boil it in boiling water. Next is to rinse many times with clean water to reduce the acrid and sour taste and then squeeze out the water. Finally, cook the sugar water according to the ratio of 1kg of canamon: 500gr of sugar and put the cana in to soak.
Canna be soaked overnight is edible, often pick up the white foam effervescent so that the sugar water is clear. The finished product is the glossy canna fruit, soaked in sugar water, sweet and sour taste and still a little bit of acrid taste on the tip of the tongue. In the summer afternoons, the whole family gathers together to chat under the cool shade of trees, adding sugar-soaked coffee with chili salt becomes a sweet memory.
3. Canna sweet (cana jam)
Cannabis jam is also preliminarily processed like sugar-soaked coffee, but after boiling, draining, and squeezing out the water, add sugar directly to the cana, mix well and wait for the cana to really soak. The trick is that you can put it in the sun to soak up the sugar faster. After the sugar is completely mixed into the cana, turn the pan over until the sugar water thickens, the canna fruit is glossy and iridescent brown. Sugar-sweetened coffee can be preserved longer, perfect to enjoy with a hot cup of tea!
Do not hesitate to try this extremely unique specialty fruit, maybe you will “fall in love” and “addict” at any time!