Busy with harvest, people planted Buddha’s hands in Hanoi with a bountiful harvest

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With more than a month left until the 2024 Lunar New Year, farmers growing Buddha’s hands in the suburbs of Hanoi are in the midst of their biggest harvest of the year to supply the market.

People growing Buddha’s hand are busy during the biggest harvest of the year.

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In Dong Thap commune, Dan Phuong district, Hanoi, many farming households have acreage planted with Buddha’s hand – a very popular fruit on every full moon day and holidays, especially Lunar New Year.
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With a special shape, the Buddha’s hand fruit according to folk beliefs means luck and fortune. That’s why many people worship Buddha
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At the Buddha’s hand garden of Ms. Tran Thi Tuyen’s family, the atmosphere is very busy these days. Everyone is in a hurry to prune, harvest, and package to sell to the market.
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“Currently, my family is taking care of nearly 2,000 trees. This year the weather is favorable, so every year-end crop has many beautiful, even fruits, and a bumper harvest is forecast,” Ms. Tuyen said.
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Busy with harvesting, people planted Buddha's hands in Hanoi with a bountiful harvest - Photo 7.

According to Ms. Tuyen, a beautiful Buddha’s hand must meet all the criteria: a large fruit with long arms, a round left, and even fingers. Hanoians especially like a Buddha’s hand with very long arms.

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The selling price of each Buddha’s hand fruit at the garden is divided by type. Affordable fruits are packaged and sold by weight at a price of 30,000 VND/kg, beautiful fruits are sold by weight for 50,000 – 70,000 VND/fruit. Particularly, type 1 fruits that are large, beautiful and have many hands are sold for 200,000 – 300,000 VND/fruit.

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A beautiful Buddha’s hand fruit is being sold for 200,000 VND/fruit.
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The longer the Buddha’s hand is kept, the more fragrant it will be. It can be stored for at least 2 months. In particular, if at dry times there is little water in the fruit, it can be preserved for 4-6 months.
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“Buddha’s hand tree flowers all year round, no matter how old the fruit is, we harvest it. The time to harvest a lot is in June and July. But at the end of the year, the flowers still set in abundance, plus people’s demand is high. So the month leading up to Tet can be said to be the biggest harvest of the year,” Ms. Tuyen informed.
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In addition, the appearance of the Buddha’s hand fruit changes depending on the weather. Seasonal bean flowers from May, June, July will produce single-armed, Buddha-handed fruits, while seasonal bean flowers during Tet will produce chrysanthemum-shaped fruits.
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In addition to being used to burn incense, Buddha’s hand fruit also has many other uses such as slicing and drying, soaking in wine for massage, or soaking in honey to treat sore throats, and making traditional Chinese medicine.
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After being harvested, the fruit will be wrapped in paper, boxed and shipped.

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Known as a difficult plant, Buddha’s hand requires farmers to diligently take care of it. When the Buddha’s hand tree flowers, if the flowers encounter wind, rain or storms, they will not bear fruit. Especially, frost has the greatest impact on the shape of the Buddha’s hand fruit.

($1~24,000 VND)
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