7+ “Delicious” Northwest forest vegetables that you must try


In recent years, the Northwest has emerged as a famous tourist area with many beautiful landscapes and famous delicious dishes. Especially in areas such as Lao Cai (Sapa), Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Lai Chau, Dien Bien,… Here, some wild wild vegetables suddenly shine, becoming a “special dish”. Expensive products” are “sought after” by many people. So do you know which Northwest wild vegetables are expensive but delicious and many people seek them out? Join Dried Agricultural Products to learn about “delicious” Northwest forest vegetables that you must try when you come here.

7+ “Delicious” Northwest forest vegetables that you must try when you come here?

Sapa mustard greens

The first list of delicious Northwest forest vegetables that you should not miss is Sapa mustard greens. Mustard greens are a clean vegetable, a famous specialty of nature bestowed on the Northwest high mountains. Mustard greens have strong vitality, grow very well, can be grown on any ground and are extremely resistant to pests and diseases.

Cat mustard often grows in cavities in rocks. When Hmong and Dao people serve food to guests, they just need to go to the fields and hills to pluck plants or trim a few large vegetable leaves to immediately have a meal of clean vegetables for guests.



Some localities in the Northwest also propagate mustard greens to grow food and sell for economic purposes, eliminating hunger and reducing poverty. Mustard greens are usually grown in the summer and fall, from April to September every year.

Mustard greens are very crunchy and delicious, chewy, the leaves are large, green, and have a slightly bitter taste. Often used to cook soup or stir-fry with beef, buffalo meat, pork or smoked meat. Currently, Sapa mustard greens are popularly sold everywhere. You can grow them at home or you can buy them at the supermarket. The price of mustard greens will range from 18,000 VND – 28,000 VND/kg depending on the time.


Northwest wild vegetables – Malabar spinach

Malabar spinach continues to be a wild vegetable that appears commonly in the meals of people in the high mountains of Northern Vietnam. Stinging nettles often grow wild in newly burned upland hills, along field edges, along roads or in corners of gardens.

This vegetable has a characteristic bitter taste, but has a cool, sweet taste after eating. Stinging nettles can be processed into many delicious dishes such as boiled, dipped in hot pot,… Stinging nettles are a herbaceous plant, about 0.5 – 1m tall. The leaves are dark green and grow in clusters at the ends of the branches. The fruit is spherical in shape and red when ripe.


Even though it’s just a simple wild vegetable. But the nutritional value in stinging nettles is very necessary and important. Malabar spinach contains a lot of water, protein, fat, fiber, minerals, vitamins and active ingredients Phenol Acids, Flavonoids, Alkaloids and Steroids.

Malabar spinach contains a lot of nutritional value. It is a clean, natural wild vegetable that is very healthy to eat, so it is sought after by many people. This vegetable is on the list of “rich family vegetables” that are highly sought after by housewives. The price of Malabar spinach ranges from 50,000 VND – 80,000 VND/kg depending on the time.

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Vegetables Sang 

Vegetables Sang is a very benign Northwest forest vegetable that is loved by people here. Vegetables Sang  is also known as wild spinach. This vegetable grows on the edge of rocky mountains, along streams or in rock holes in the Northwest such as: Lang Son, Hoa Binh, Cao Bang, etc. The vegetable loves moisture, living on the soil created by rotting plants. often grows under the canopy of other large trees.


Vegetables Sang are collected normally in the range of 7 – 10 raw/year. The ideal time to harvest cassava is early summer, from March to August every year. When eaten, vegetables Sang has a cool taste, modified by a regime very similar to Vegetables Sang in the city, but different from Vegetables Sang in that it is fatty and greasy to the point of being hard to describe.

Vegetables Sang is a rare wild vegetable with a delicious and nutritious flavor. This vegetable is a Northwest specialty that is very popular with lowland tourists. The price of vegetables usually ranges from 75,000 VND – 95,000 VND/kg depending on the time.

Northwest wild vegetables – Northwest Don vegetables

Don vegetables is a wild vegetable that grows wild in the high mountains of the Northwest. Don vegetables belongs to the fern family, has long stems, small, green leaves. Don vegetables has a slightly bitter and astringent taste. If someone is not used to eating it, it will be very difficult to eat, but once you eat it, you will definitely be addicted to the flavor of this natural forest vegetable.

If you go to Lao Cai, Son La, Yen Bai,… at the weekly, monthly, or annual markets of people in the high mountains, it will not be difficult to find and buy green vegetables. This wild vegetable is harvested all year round. Used for boiling, stir-frying, dipping in hot pot and making salad.


Many places sell hundreds of thousands of 1kg of green vegetables. But coming to the Northwest, you only need to spend 25,000 VND to have a large bunch of Don vegetables for the whole family. Don vegetables is now not only popular in high mountains, but this vegetable variety has been imported and sold in many places. Coming to Dung Ha Agricultural Supermarket, you will choose to buy Don vegetables at the cheapest price. Don vegetables in Dung Ha is being sold for 65,000 VND – 75,000 VND/kg depending on the time.

Rotten vegetables

The rotten vegetable’s scientific name is Clematis Fruticosa, in Thai it is Pac Nam, growing wild in the forest. Rotten vegetables belong to the vines family and have dark green compound leaves that grow symmetrically. The stem of the rotten vegetable plant is long, the branches and leaves have many thorns, and the young shoots have many leaf blades. Rotten vegetables are processed into many delicious and attractive dishes by the people here such as stir-fry, soup,…

Rotten vegetables are usually harvested from March to June every year. People excitedly invited each other into the forest to harvest rotten vegetables to eat and sell. Rotten vegetables grow wild deep in the forests of Dien Bien, Son La,…


They are called rotten vegetables because their smell is very strong, from about 700m away you can still smell the characteristic smell of this vegetable. Rotten vegetables are processed into stir-fries, soups, hot pot dips or boiled. The best thing is to buy rotten vegetables that need to be used immediately. If left for a long time, the vegetables will lose their crispness.

Even though it has a very strong flavor. But when you eat it for the first time, you will feel “addicted” to this wild vegetable. Processed rotten vegetables will lose their characteristic smell, eating vegetables will be very crunchy, fleshy and rich. Rotten vegetables are often imported a lot in the Son La area. As a special type of wild vegetable, the price of rotten vegetables sold in the City usually ranges from 180,000 VND – 200,000 VND/kg.

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Northwest wild vegetables – Leaves clumpy

Puckered leaves are also known by other names like Giang leaves. This is a very popular leafy plant in the Northwest mountains, especially among Thai people living here. The plant often grows wild, growing in bushes in the Northwest regions.


The bunched leaves have a very sour taste. They are harvested and used to cook sour fish soup, stir-fry meat,… and are great to eat in the summer. Currently, the leaves are sold a lot in big cities. The price of Giang leaves also changes, fluctuating up and down depending on the season. Therefore, at supermarkets, they also import and sell at the correct market price. The price of cork leaves usually ranges from 110,000 VND – 130,000 VND/kg depending on the time.

Stone moss

The last list of “delicious” Northwest forest vegetables is stone moss. Stone moss is a specialty vegetable of Thai people in the Northwest region. The name sounds strange, but this is actually a vegetable that many lowland tourists love.

Stone moss grows and is found in abundance on rocks with water sources that flow all year round. Stone moss vegetables are usually harvested in mid-winter and early spring. Stone moss is harvested, processed and created into dishes with great care and effort. Thai people often use stone moss to boil, salad, stir-fry, grill and deep-fry.


Currently, stone moss vegetables are still not commonly sold because many people do not like this vegetable. If you travel to Ha Giang, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Lao Cai,… you will see stone moss appearing regularly in the meals of people here. If you want to enjoy their deliciousness, you can go to restaurants and “order” a plate of stone moss vegetables to enjoy.

Stone moss vegetables are usually shaped into round balls, cleaned, and water removed. The price of stone moss vegetables usually ranges from 20,000 VND – 30,000 VND/handful.

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Above is a detailed article answering the question of “delicious, mouth-watering” Northwest wild vegetables that you must try, which Dried agricultural products have shared with our readers. It doesn’t stop here, there are still countless other quality wild vegetables. Although they are very rare and expensive, they are still sought after by many people because they are also a clean vegetable, a wild vegetable that grows naturally along cliffs and large streams flowing through the village. Hopefully, on a beautiful day, you will have the opportunity to return to the Northwest land and enjoy all the wild vegetables mentioned above.

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