The fruit with a special taste has become a specialty favored by the rich, the price is extremely high 4,000,000/kg

The biwa plant is a species of flowering plant in the family Rosaceae. It is native to a hill in southern China. Currently, the tree is quite common in Japan, Korea, the Himacha mountains of India, the Potohar region and foothills of Pakistan, the northern Philippines, and Sri Lanka.

Biwa is a large evergreen shrub, the height can be up to 5-10m, but the common height is 3-4m; the leaves are long, dark green and stiff, with serrated margins and a dense undercoat of yellow-brown hairs; Flowers are about 2cm in diameter, white, with 5 petals. The flowers have a sweet fragrance, which can be smelled from afar; oval, round or pear-shaped fruit. The fruit is usually 3-5cm in size, the smooth skin is yellow or orange, sometimes dark red; The flesh of the fruit is succulent, white, yellow or orange with a sweet taste depending on the variety. Each fruit usually has 3 to 5 segments, dark brown in color. The fruit has a thin skin that can be peeled by hand when the fruit is ripe.

Biwa originates from a hill in southern China. Currently, the tree is quite popular in Japan, Korea, the Himacha mountains of India…

Biwa has a high sugar, acid and pectin content. It is eaten as fresh fruit or mixed with many other fruits in fruit salads. It is also used to make jams, jellies, chutneys and syrups. The young fruits are often used to make cakes or sometimes processed into candies.

Biwa is also used to brew light wines. It is fermented into wine or sometimes just used as crystalline sugar and white wine. In Italy, nespolino liqueur is made with biwa seeds, reminiscent of nocino and amaretto, both of which are made with nuts. Both biwa seeds and apricot kernels contain cyanogenic glycosides, but beverages made with the seeds contain only small amounts (such as Mogi and Tanaka), so there is no risk of cyanide poisoning.

Biwa has a high sugar, acid and pectin content. It is eaten as fresh fruit or mixed with many other fruits in fruit salads.

Recently, many fruit shops in Vietnam have imported and sold biwa at extremely high prices. Accordingly, the price per kilogram of biwa offered for sale in Vietnam is up to 3.5-4 million VND. Even many stores have to pre-order to have goods. “The reason biwa has such a high price is because this fruit has good health benefits, helping to reduce the risk of eyes, diabetes and neurological diseases. Moreover, this fruit is also ranked among the most expensive and luxurious fruits in the world. Therefore, when imported to our country, they will have a higher price,” said Ms. Vu Bui (37 years old, HCMC) – owner of a clean fruit shop in District 1.

Khanh Hoa (27 years old, living in District 9) said that she heard her friends recommend biwa fruit, so she was quite curious. Therefore, she strongly spent nearly 2 million VND to buy half a kilo of biwa for her children to try. “Outwardly, this fruit is quite similar to Thanh Tra fruit of Vietnam, but the taste is completely different. When I peeled off the skin, I only needed to try one piece to feel the very special sweetness, it’s true that you get what you pay for.”