With its unique fragrance and taste, Dien pomelo is a precious gift and a speciality of Hanoi.

Previously, Dien pomelo was a precious fruit to offer to kings.

The fruit was originally from Doan Hung area in the northern province of Phu Tho. The fruit soon adapted to the soil of Phu Dien ward in Bac Tu Liem district, Hanoi and became the capital city’s speciality.

"Dien pomelo’s origin is from Doan Hùng, people, and it was bred in Điền village, the fruit suits the locality’s soil and is loved for its sweetness and fragrance," said Nguyen Duc Binh, a resident from Phuc Dien ward, Bac Tu Liem district in Hanoi. 

Dien pomelo bear fruits during the last two months of lunar calendar, it’s also the time people prepare for Tet festival, therefore many Hanoians and people nearby travel to Dien village to buy the fruit before the festival.

To meet demand during Tet festival, owners of pomelo orchards have introduced ornamental pomelo trees.

Vu Van Hai, a pomelo garden owner, said that ornamental pomelo trees required more attention in caring.

Unlike other pomelo varieties, Dien pomelo can be kept up to four months without any preservatives. People are advised to let the fruit’s skin dry to enjoy its full taste.

Nowadays, Dien pomelo is planted in many cities and provinces but the quality of Dien pomelo in Phu Dien ward, Bac Tu Liem district, Hanoi is still the best.

Currently, there are many pomelo varieties with unique taste and fragrance but Dien pomelos are still loved for their particular taste and sweetness.

The fruit is also a pride of pomelo growers in the locality./.