Unique fruits for lunar New Year

Published:  16:28 Wednesday - January 30, 2013

Unique fruits for lunar New Year

Watermelons in the shapes of cars or gold bars, thousand-finger citrons, grapefruits in the shape of wine gourds… are among the unique fruits for the Lunar New Year 2013. However, these prices are towering high.

Watermelons in the shape of four-seat cars, with the letter "Phuc" (blessing) on the
hood of the car, are offered by a gardener in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho at the
price of VND10 million ($500)/ pair

There are two types, green and yellow

Gardener Tran Thanh Liem, from Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City, said, to create this
kind of watermelons, he spent three years to research and test.

Watermelons in the shape of gold bullions are also sold at very high price because it 
is very difficult to make the mold and to “force” watermelons in the gold bullion shape.
The successful rate is only about 35%. A pair of watermelons of this kind is priced
over VND3 million ($150).

Square-shaped watermelons are offered at VND2-3 million per pair.

A field of wine-gourd shaped watermelons.

Each watermelon of this kind, with “embossed” letters are priced between VND1.5-2 
million.Watermelons of this kind are only available for the lunar New Year.

Wine-gourd shaped grapefruits are priced VND3 million a pair.

Finger citrons are arranged on the altar during the lunar New Year to wish for luck in the 
new year, prosperity of wealth and health. For this fruit, the bigger it is, the higher number
of fingers it has, the value is higher.


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