Located in Chuong Vich Hamlet, Ganh Dau Commune, Phu Quoc City, the ancient mango tree stands on the grounds of Gio Bien restaurant, owned by Ho Bach Diep. This magnificent tree has witnessed the passage of time throughout the years.
According to Diep, when her family settled on the island in 2000, the mango tree was already flourishing. With its rugged bark, the mango trunk boasts a circumference of approximately 4.5 meters. Its branches spread wide, creating a refreshing canopy that stretches 15-20 meters wide.
|A 300-year-old mango tree boasts curved branches in Ganh Dau Commune, Phu Quoc City, off Kien Giang Province in southern Vietnam. Photo: Chi Cong / Tuoi Tre
The tree stands at an impressive height of 30 meters and is estimated to be approximately 300 years old, making it a truly remarkable natural wonder.
In recent years, the mango tree has become a popular attraction for tourists, who are captivated by its beauty and seek to capture its essence through photographs.
Diep understands the significance of this ancient tree and has dedicated herself to its preservation and protection. She believes that the tree’s resilience and captivating appearance deserve recognition.
|A woman poses for a photo under a 300-year-old mango tree in Ganh Dau Commune, Phu Quoc City, off Kien Giang Province in southern Vietnam. Photo: Chi Cong / Tuoi Tre
One of the remarkable aspects of the mango tree is its ability to thrive in a location just 100 meters away from the sea. Despite its age, the tree continues to blossom each year and yield moderately-sized, mildly sour fruits. These fruits, when fully ripe, offer a delightful combination of sweetness and a subtle aroma.
|Men measure the trunk of a 300-year-old mango tree in Ganh Dau Commune, Phu Quoc City, off Kien Giang Province in southern Vietnam. Photo: Chi Cong / Tuoi Tre
Diep has successfully incorporated the mango’s unique acidity into various dishes served at Gio Bien Restaurant. These include the popular Vietnamese sweet and sour soup called ‘canh chua,’ sour sea fish hotpot, and mixed dried fish salad. Tourists are highly enticed by the distinctive flavors brought about by these dishes.
Pham Huu Kiet, chairman of the People’s Committee of Ganh Dau Commune, emphasizes the need for a specialized agency or expert evaluation to determine the tree’s age. This would add another layer of authenticity to the centuries-old lore surrounding this magnificent mango tree.
|Visitors admire a 300-year-old mango tree in Ganh Dau Commune, Phu Quoc City, off Kien Giang Province in southern Vietnam. Photo: Chi Cong / Tuoi Tre