Instead of selling fresh lychees like every year, Ms. Thu Thuy from Long Bien, Hanoi decided to switch to selling dried lychees. On average, she sells 4 quintals of lychees per day, 1.5 tons of dried lychees per week.
Trading for more than ten years, Ms. Thu Thuy said, she and her husband are wholesalers to supply fruits to many places. You have a large store that sells both on-site and online. Due to the epidemic, the couple’s online sales are much busier this time around. In particular, this year’s lychee season, you also have many changes in your business.
“In previous years, my husband and I often bought the whole garden, from when the lychee was still green until harvest, we would sell it to traders. Now the lychee is in the right season for the outbreak, so my husband and I decided to switch to drying and selling dry cloth. Because it was too urgent, I didn’t have time to make a drying oven, so after I harvested fresh lychees, I rented them to dry them and then sell them on my personal page as well as online market groups,” Thuy said. The price of dried fabric is halved compared to every year Ms. Thuy said that the drying time for a batch of fabric ranges from 5 to 6 days, depending on the drying process of each kiln owner. A satisfactory batch of dried lychee is that the lychee fruit must have uniform color, sharp sweetness, flexibility and a very characteristic aroma. Due to the impact of the epidemic, the price of dried lychee this year is much lower than every year. According to Ms. Thuy, in previous years, the average price of dried lychee was from 120,000-150,000 VND/kg, this year the price fluctuates around 60,000 VND/kg. This price is for Thuy and her husband to make it public on their sales page. She and her husband only do wholesale, not retail, with a minimum order of 10kg. Customers taking in large quantities, from 50kg or more, I will reduce the price a little more. “Because I have been selling for nearly 15 years, the number of regular customers is very large. There are customers who order immediately at 2-3 quintals, on average I output about 4 quintals a day. In less than a week, I sold 1.5 tons of dried lychees,” she said. Thuy and her husband only wholesale dried cloth for customers who buy 10kg or more “Actually, this year, I switched to selling dried lychees like this and didn’t make much profit. However, due to the Covid-19 epidemic, I want to join hands so that litchi growers don’t suffer much damage.” The woman shared that if the dried fabric meets the standards, it can be preserved for a whole year. Dried lychee can be used to eat directly, soak in alcohol or use to cook tea, as a spice for traditional Chinese medicine. How to choose a drying cloth In the market, there are many establishments that sell dried fabrics, but to choose quality dried fabrics, it is necessary to pay attention to buy them at reputable addresses. The dried fruit must be large, the outer skin is dry evenly, keep its shape or slightly dented. Dried fabric can be kept for a long time Especially when peeling, the lychee must be flexible, have a characteristic aroma, sweet taste, peel off without sticking to your hands, and have a dark color of cockroach wings. Long litchi with black color means it has been burnt, while long with light brown color means that it has not been dried enough, must be used immediately and cannot be stored for a long time. Methods of preservation In order to preserve the dried fabric for a long time, when we buy the fabric, we dry it under 2 or 3 times in the sun. During the drying process, pay attention to turning the fabric to the sun, and the fabric to dry evenly. Then put it in the shade to dry in the wind for another 3, 4 days, then put it in a tightly tied plastic bag. When storing, about 2-3 months, you should open the cloth bag to check the probability of a few fruits to see if the dried fabric is still of good quality or has been moldy, damaged or opaque. If you store a lot, every few months, you should take the fabric out to dry in the sun and follow the exact same preservation process for the first time, thus ensuring that the dried fabric can be kept delicious and nutritious for years to come.