WanderFood Wednesday: Gac Fruit from Vietnam

by Wanderluster
( July 27th, 2010 )

Vietnam Gac Fruit

Don’t let this weird looking fruit throw you off. The gac fruit, found in Southeast Asia, is admittedly pretty ugly but it IS high in lycopene, beta carotene, vitamin c and Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids. Actually about 70 times the lycopene you’d find in a tomato, 20 times the amount of beta carotene than carrots and 40 times the vitamin c than in oranges. Kind of a superfruit…

I don’t think I’d ever come across one of these until earlier this year when our group received a tour of the local market before our cooking class in Hanoi. Our guide stopped by a roadside vendor and took a moment to slice one in half.

These have a short season, usually early in the year, around Tet, and are a delicacy for families around this time.

Sadly, I didn’t get to try this, but it should be noted that the only edible portion is the slimy part surrounding the large seeds inside. The seeds can then be roasted, almost like a chestnut.

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On July 27th, 2010 at 11:51 pm, Nicole - A Dream Made Truth said:

Interesting fruit! Can’t say it looks appetizing, but it would be fun to find out how it tastes.

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On July 28th, 2010 at 5:52 am, Krista said:

Wow! How interesting! I’ve never seen this fruit before. :-) It looks like something out of Dr. Seuss. :-)

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On July 28th, 2010 at 5:53 am, Mara said:

Gotta love the fact that the only edible part can be described as “slimy”...

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On July 28th, 2010 at 6:08 am, foodfreeway said:

What cool fruit! I’ve never seen one, but I’ve heard of them. Will have to find one some day! :)

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On July 28th, 2010 at 6:19 am, Mary Jo said:

I love interesting looking fruit like this. But, sadly, when I’ve tasted these kinds of things, the taste is sort of “interesting” too. Maybe this one would be different. . . .

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On July 28th, 2010 at 6:56 am, jessiev said:

how cool is that?? i would be interested in tasting it, too! that is a LOT of growing space for not much fruit.

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On July 28th, 2010 at 7:21 am, Angela (Travel with a Purpose) said:

Funky fruit are the most fun to try! I just tasted the odd-looking and stinky Durain fruit in Thailand. I gotta say, though, the appearance of the gac fruit might be hard to get past at first.

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On July 28th, 2010 at 1:03 pm, WanderingTrader said:

Man that looks delicious.. why is that the things that look the most delicous aren’t good for you? have you noticed that on your travels around the world?

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On July 28th, 2010 at 1:23 pm, Heather on her travels said:

so does it taste like carrots or oranges or a cross between the two?

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