​Tra Que veggie village a green gem of Hoi An

Tra Que veggie village a green gem of Hoi An
An aerial view of Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An, Quang Nam, central Vietnam. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Lying not too far from the heart of Hoi An, a famed resort city in central Vietnam, is a vegetable village that French daily morning newspaper Le Figaro in 2015 called a top must-visit place in the Southeast Asian country.

Founded more than 400 years ago, Tra Que vegetable village is located in Cam Ha Commune, some three kilometers to the northeast of Hoi An, home to a namesake ancient town recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, Quang Nam Province.

The small village presently accommodates around 220 households. Of these, 130 specialize in growing vegetables on a total area of 40 hectares and supply organic green produce to the whole of Hoi An Ancient Town and nearby areas.

What make Tra Que vegetables different from those grown in other places are their natural green color and outstanding taste and flavor, thanks to a special farming method of the villagers.

Farmers in the village do not use manure or chemical fertilizers in the plant growing process but a kind of algae found only in a lagoon surrounding Tra Que.

Tra Que vegetables are loved by many for its freshness, tastiness and safety.

Visitors to Hoi An often come to Tra Que vegetable village to discover local life and join culinary classes using the local veggies.

A farmer fertilizes her crop with a kind of algae found only in a lagoon surrounding Tra Que. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

A farmer fertilizes her crop with a kind of algae found only in a lagoon surrounding Tra Que. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

A foreign tourist visits Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An, Quang Nam, central Vietnam, on a bike. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

A foreign tourist visits Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An, Quang Nam, central Vietnam, on a bike. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

A farmer collects vegetables in Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An, Quang Nam, central Vietnam. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

A farmer collects vegetables in Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An, Quang Nam, central Vietnam. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Tra Que’s vegetables are tied up by bamboo strings. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Tra Que’s vegetables are tied up by bamboo strings. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Crops are watered automatically in Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An, Quang Nam, central Vietnam. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Crops are watered automatically in Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An, Quang Nam, central Vietnam. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

A farmer collects vegetables in Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An, Quang Nam, central Vietnam. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

A farmer collects vegetables in Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An, Quang Nam, central Vietnam. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

A man waters his crop in Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An, Quang Nam, central Vietnam. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

A man waters his crop in Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An, Quang Nam, central Vietnam. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

A farmer collects vegetables in Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An, Quang Nam, central Vietnam. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

A farmer collects vegetables in Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An, Quang Nam, central Vietnam. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

An aerial view of Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An, Quang Nam, central Vietnam. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

An aerial view of Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An, Quang Nam, central Vietnam. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

A farmer collects vegetables in Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An, Quang Nam, central Vietnam. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

A farmer collects vegetables in Tra Que vegetable village in Hoi An, Quang Nam, central Vietnam. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

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