In Mường language, the name of mắc khén is rather self-explanatory, describing the pungent, peppery smell of the spice. However, its fragrance compound is far more complex than pepper with an additional crisp, dry woodiness woven into green citruses. This makes mắc khén a truly versatile spice that can elevate any dish, said Nga.
The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Tiền Giang has zoned nearly 9,400ha of dragon fruit growing areas exclusively for exports and targets annual output of 236,000 tonnes of the fruit.
The central province of Thanh Hóa is not only famous for its unique stone Hồ Citadel, a world cultural heritage site, but also for various speciality foods.
The central coastal province of Phú Yên is not only famous for its beautiful beaches that lure travellers from far and wide but also for its bánh canh hẹ, a chive noodle soup.
Sín Chải is a beautiful village in Sa Pa Town, Lào Cai Province, that still retains the rustic simplicity of a mountainous village.
The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Bạc Liêu is expanding the use of organic fertilisers in rice cultivation to improve farmer’s incomes and protect the environment.
The Mekong Delta's famed floating markets, where speciality products are sold on boats, provide a unique environment that is popular among both local and foreign visitors.
The Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Đồng Tháp plans to expand lotus farming, increase the value of lotus products and promote tourism based on visits to lotus fields.
The national ‘One Commune – One Product' (OCOP) programme has helped improve the value of Cà Mau Province’s agricultural products and promote its speciality products.
Intercropping fruit and other plants in coffee orchards offers higher and steady incomes for farmers in the Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands) region, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Plant Cultivation Department.
For the Mông ethnic group in the northern province of Hà Giang, mèn mén (steamed minced corn) is both a traditional dish and a special part of their culture.