What is Mác-cọp? How to differentiate it from Chinese Mác-cọp?

The mắc cọp fruit, with its pear-like shape and flavor, is a specialty of the Northwestern mountainous region. Let's delve into the world of mắc cọp fruit!


When traveling to the Northwestern mountains, you will easily come across mạc cọp fruits sold at local markets. So what are mạc cọp fruits, are they similar to other fruits, and how do you differentiate them from Chinese mạc cọp fruits? Let’s find out in the following article!

1What are mạc cọp fruits?

Mạc cọp fruits, also known as wild pear fruits. The mạc cọp tree resembles a pear tree but with smaller and thicker leaves. Mạc cọp fruits are smaller in size compared to pears, green or brown in color, and rough in texture. They are usually harvested around July each year.

When eating mạc cọp fruits, you will experience a crispy sweetness along with a slight bitter and sour taste! They are harder than pears.

Mạc cọp fruits

Mạc cọp fruits are considered a specialty of the Northwestern mountains region, and you can easily find them when traveling here. Nowadays, mạc cọp fruits are also sold by many vendors in big cities to meet customer demand.

2Distinguishing Vietnamese mạc cọp fruits and Chinese mạc cọp fruits

Vietnamese mạc cọp fruits come in 2 types, green and brown. Vietnamese mạc cọp fruits are small, uneven in size, rough in texture, and darker in color compared to Chinese mạc cọp fruits. When eating, you’ll notice they are hard, crispy, slightly sour and bitter, sweet, and have a natural fragrance. Vietnamese mạc cọp fruits contain less juice compared to Chinese fruits.

If you see pale-colored, shiny, large, and perfectly round mạc cọp fruits, those are Chinese mạc cọp fruits. When eating these, you’ll only taste sweetness without any sourness or fragrance like Vietnamese mạc cọp fruits.

Distinguishing Vietnamese mạc cọp fruits and Chinese mạc cọp fruits

Above is the information about mạc cọp fruits and how to differentiate Vietnamese and Chinese mạc cọp fruits that we have compiled. We hope this information is useful to you.