Day 31 Gac Fruit

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At first glance, this pretty fruit looks like a giant lychee, right? That’s exactly what I thought it was when my mother brought it home.

It’s actually called gac fruit, a beautiful Vietnamese fruit. Having done some research, its harvest season is from December to January, so it’s not available all year round. It’s most commonly used in a glutinous rice dish called xoi gac, and it’s delicious. In Vietnam, it’s also used for medicinal purposes, and is now being sold as dietary supplements outside of Asia. It has high beta-carotene content, which is converted to Vitamin A in the body, which is needed by the retina of the eye.

I’m not really into ‘antioxidants’ and ‘superfoods’, but I thought this was such a cool looking fruit that I had to share it with you guys. What’s your favourite unusual fruit?

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