In the North, May and early June are litchi season in the North with 4 types of litchi ripening alternately. The earliest is an egg-sized cyst in early May, then the pink urchin, a hybrid, and the late lychee ripens around the first half of June. When the lychee is fully ripe, everywhere in the city, you can find lychee at a reasonable price. extremely affordable, only about 17, 20 thousand / kilogram, the highest is only 35, 40 thousand dong. That said, it’s too easy to buy cloth, eat it, and make your mouth happy.
However, it is still difficult for the red lychees to be bundled in bunches to bring a sense of excitement as when going to the lychee garden, eating fresh lychees that have just been plucked from the branches, peeled and put in the mouth. Especially when it was Thanh Ha lychee, the cradle of lychee.
The North has many litchi growing areas such as Dong Trieu (Quang Ninh), Luc Ngan (Bac Giang), Chi Linh and Thanh Ha (Hai Duong), but Thanh Ha litchi still has a special place in the hearts of gourmets.
I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to visit Thanh Ha litchi garden of a colleague’s family on the occasion when the hybrid litchi ripened red and litchi began to be harvested. Although the day I arrived in Thanh Ha, the weather was surprisingly cool compared to the intense sun that lasted a whole week before, but at 7 am, the ladies and gentlemen were busy with the collection of litchi. Perhaps because of the nature of the fruit, it needs to be harvested very early to deliver fresh during the day.
When I first came to the lychee garden in the harvest season, the weather was cool and sunny, making me feel like Alice was lost in a wonderland. Each tree is full of fruit, the branches are low, just reach out and immediately pick up the red, pink and succulent litchi.
Because the entrance to a colleague’s lychee garden is right in the tug-of-war area, plus a few tugboats are in the main season, always red, sometimes lazy, so after being invited by the ladies and gentlemen to “just pick it up”, we I immediately picked the most delicious-looking lychee within my reach. After the pink skin, thick meat, a little sour, the group forgot that they had to get up at 4 o’clock so that they could get on the car at 5 o’clock to depart for Hai Duong.
Only our colleague, who was a grandson of the gardener, grew up with cloth and still very calmly saw that we were excited about tug-of-war fabric. She started to go to the row of lychee, whose new skin was pink and the fruit was smaller than the tugboat, and told the group to try it.
It is true that one should not look like a picture and one should trust someone who has been able to choose good fabrics from the age of 3 without anyone’s guidance. Although not yet ripe red, Thanh Ha lychee is really different. Many people complain that the most when eating figs is getting head worms, but that day, our whole group of 7 adults and children ate so hard that there were almost no head worms.
Most importantly, although the membrane is still white, the flesh of the fruit is already thick, when peeled, the fruit is very dry, when the lychee is brought to the mouth, the sweet taste spreads in the oral cavity along with the characteristic light aroma. That’s why a sister in my group, who claimed to be just a fan of plums, beat a few dozen fruits.
Delicious, of course, but the pleasure of picking fresh fruit, eating it immediately under the luxuriant canopy, it also multiplies that deliciousness. The feeling of walking under a green tree from time to time is fun to peel off the skin and then pick up bunches of fruit as you like. Moreover, the lychee tree has no inherent worms, and the branches are easy to break, so adults and even children can pick them carefree.
There is a rumor about Thanh Ha lychee being very small seeds. True, but not all results are the same. According to the indigenous people who grew up with lychee, only the large-bottomed or pointed-bottomed lychee will have small seeds. It’s also interesting to say that while picking and competing to see who can find the smaller seed lychee, it’s also an interesting thing.
Today, with the development of technology and the long-term experience of farmers who are having access to modern technology, lychees are cared for, harvested and transported quickly to consumers without still ensure the freshness as just picked from the tree. But the feeling of picking the fruit yourself is still very different.
Coming back from the lychee garden after nearly 3 hours of eating, playing, exploring, and taking pictures, we were able to bring nearly a hundred pounds of litchi picked by our own hands. It is not only a gift but also the joy of a new experience to better understand Vietnamese agricultural products.
Unlike the Western gardens, most of the specialty orchards in the North are not open to tourists to visit the garden. However, if you have acquaintances in a specialty area such as Thanh Ha lychee, for example, please come and experience it once. But if you do come, please remember to respect the production of nature and the caretaker so as not to waste. And of course, clean it up before you leave.
Wish you soon have the opportunity to visit specialty fruit orchards, like I can go to Thanh Ha lychee garden in the right harvest season.