60,000 People Visit Pumpkin Farm With 450 Varieties In Taiwan

60,000 People Visit Pumpkin Farm With 450 Varieties In Taiwan
60,000 People Visit Pumpkin Farm With 450 Varieties In Taiwan
Zac B. Sarian and Ronald Costales posing with the huge pumpkin that is priced at NT$8,000 which is about P12,800 in Philippine money.

ON April 10, 2016, your blogger, Zac B. Sarian, visited the Wang Shan Leisure Farm in Yilan County, Taiwan, that boasts of 450 varieties of pumpkin that come in unimaginable sizes, shapes, color and texture. We were invited, together with other media persons, by the Taiwan Leisure Farms Development Association in collaboration with Jane Chen of Everbright Travel Agency.

60,000 People Visit Pumpkin Farm With 450 Varieties In Taiwan
Visitors from the Philippines are amazed at the many varieties of pumpkins hanging from above.

The pumpkin farm is an organic farm that attracts no less than 60,000 visitors a year. They are not only curious to see the very colorful, weird-looking fruits that come in huge as well as miniature sizes. The farm is managed by 32-yearold Eric Lin who finished college but who opted to be a leisure farmer.

60,000 People Visit Pumpkin Farm With 450 Varieties In Taiwan
Have you ever seen a finger pumpkin like this before?

The farm was actually started as a honeydew melon farm by Wang Shan, Eric’s father, who is still active in farming but who has relegated the management of the leisure farm business to his son Eric. Some 18 years ago, the farm was converted into a leisure farm, a business that is visited by tourists from the cities in Taiwan as well as from foreign countries.

60,000 People Visit Pumpkin Farm With 450 Varieties In Taiwan
A leisure farm staff showing a warty pumpkin to Edwin Santos of Tyler Texas, USA.

Visitors are attracted to the farm because it is only there that they can see the incredible varieties of pumpkins that were collected from all over the world. The various varieties were crossed by the farm owners, resulting in fruits that are hard to imagine.

60,000 People Visit Pumpkin Farm With 450 Varieties In Taiwan
The UFO Pumpkin.

The leisure farm makes money from the entrance fee of NT$60 per person as well as fees for their recreational Do-It-Yourself (DIY) activities like making your own banana cake with the guidance of an instructor. The cake is cooked right then and there and you enjoy eating what you made.

60,000 People Visit Pumpkin Farm With 450 Varieties In Taiwan
A Black and White pumpkin.

The big fruits are really expensive. One huge fruit that easily weight 25 to 30 kilos, were told, fetches NT$8,000 which is equivalent to P12,800 in Philippine money. The small ones are mostly for ornamental or decorative purposes such as those used for fruit and floral arrangements. Of course, most of the varieties are used for food. The fruits can be made into powder and used as flour substitute for various food preparations.

60,000 People Visit Pumpkin Farm With 450 Varieties In Taiwan
This is really a beauty.

Visitors, including this blogger, enjoyed drinking pumpkin juice. There are other preparations like pumpkin milk, pumpkin soya, pumpkin coffee and pumpkin ice cream. The company also sells a lot of souvenir items like pumpkin dolls, biscuits and many others.

60,000 People Visit Pumpkin Farm With 450 Varieties In Taiwan
An eggplant that produces pumpkin-like fruits.
60,000 People Visit Pumpkin Farm With 450 Varieties In Taiwan
A warty pumpkin.
60,000 People Visit Pumpkin Farm With 450 Varieties In Taiwan
Another Beauty.
60,000 People Visit Pumpkin Farm With 450 Varieties In Taiwan
A showcase of various pumpkins.
60,000 People Visit Pumpkin Farm With 450 Varieties In Taiwan
Suzette Morelos and Zac B. Sarian preparing their pumpking cake.
60,000 People Visit Pumpkin Farm With 450 Varieties In Taiwan
Calem Ngan of the Taiwan Leisure Farms Development Association and Eric Lin, manager of Wang Shan Leisure Farm in Chuang Wei, Yilan County.
60,000 People Visit Pumpkin Farm With 450 Varieties In Taiwan
Zac B. Sarian sipping a pumpkin juice.
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