Tropical delicacy: Vietnamese agricultural products rack in big cash at global markets

By Pham Van   May 16, 2018 | 03:29 pm GMT+7

Several cheap and common Vietnamese herbs and fruits are instead sold at high prices in foreign markets.

Shiso

Tropical delicacy: Vietnamese agricultural products rack in big cash at global markets

Shisho, a common Vietnamese herb, could be sold for VND500-700 per leaf (2-3 cent) in Japan, used mostly by restaurants to wrap around food. In Vietnam, each leaf should cost about VND100-200 instead.

However, not all shiso leaves could be exported to foreign markets, as they must pass strict quality control tests to be eligible to be exported.

Jackfruit seed

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Jackfruit seeds are often discarded in Vietnam, but this pedestrian delicacy has found its way onto Japan's kitchen tables. They could be sold for VND200,000 per kilogram ($9) in Japanese supermarkets.

Lime leaf

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A Vietnamese herb that goes well with chicken, lime leaves are now exported to European markets at VND22,000-24,000 per kilogram ($1). In Vietnam, they might as well be free, as store owners often giveaway the leaves at zero cost as an add-on for other products.

Banana leaf

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Banana leaves are commonly used in Vietnam to wrap around rice cakes or green rice, often at the cost of VND15,000-20,000 per kilogram (less than $1). However, they could fetch a very high price in Japan, sometimes for VND470,000 for a set of three ($20).

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In order to be exported, banana leaves must pass several quality requirements, including a minimum width of 30 centimeters and a clean, smooth and homogeneous surface. They would then be disinfected and packed to be exported.

Dragonfruit

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A sweet and sour tropical fruit, dragonfruits are often sold in Japan at VND180,000-200,000 per kilogram ($7-8). However, their prices in Vietnam could fall as low as VND2,000 per kilogram instead.

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Currently, Vietnamese dragonfruits are exported to 40 foreign countries and territories.

Mango

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This Vietnamese fruit is currently being exported to mainly South Korea, Japan and Singapore in high demands.

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Mangos can be sold in Japan at $8-10 per kilogram. In Vietnam, prices could fall as low as VND7,000 per kilogram (31 cent).

Lychee

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In Japanese supermarkets, lychees can be sold at VND400,000 for a set of 12 ($17). In Vietnam, they are often sold at VND40,000 per kilogram instead.

 
 
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