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Do taste goji berries when visiting Vietnam, they are a nourishing snack: A travel note
During my visit to Vietnam earlier this year, I found that a good variety of local berries is found in Vietnam. I could see strawberries, mulberries, raspberries, blueberries, goji berries and cranberries being sold in fruit shops, vegetable shops, wet markets, stores and by the roadside in certain places.

Even one can see the vendors carrying them on their heads or shoulder in baskets to sell them in the streets and at the door steps. The streets near the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, which has old time streets and shops, I could find vendors selling different kinds of berries on the pavement. Some vendors instead of balancing a single berries laden baskets on their head carry two large baskets which balance on their shoulder on a bamboo.

Local strawberries are easy to find and inexpensive when in season. They also work as poor man's snacks since it is best to eat them on the same day you've bought them. In other words, berries are a good example of highly seasonal and quickly perishables small sized fruits to be mostly eaten then and there.

However, for tourists it is at times difficult to know where to look for them. Other times, one may see vendors selling them by road sides.

In Vietnam, the local raspberries are much smaller than the imported variety, which explains their relative lack of popularity and being sold by the roadside.

However, the goji berries or wolf berries, also called 'happy berries', are most popular among the locals and the tourists. They are both used as food items as well as a medicine. Besides being sold by the vendors, they are also found at traditional herb shops. 

Goji berries are getting into great demand because of their being rich in vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients. It is held that goji berries are especially known to promote longevity, strengthen immune function, boost brain activity and protect against heart disease as well as cancer.

Goji berries have mild tangy taste – a mix of sweet and sour taste. Even they are available as dry fruits. Because of their high antioxidant qualities, in rich households they are the part of daily diet as dry fruits.

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