November is Orange Picking Season at the Fairy Lake Leisure Farm in Tainan, Taiwan. A delegation of Negros agribusinessmen led by Gov. Alfredo Marañon visited the place. Of course, we enjoyed a lot not only in picking the citrus fruits but also listening to the talk of Strong Wu, the manager of the leisure farm operations.
The orange trees are grown in sloping land which means it is a big challenge to pick the ripe fruits. Visitors pay an entrance fee but they can eat all they can in the farm. And they are also allowed to bring home ten fruits without paying for them.
The group also enjoyed preparing some of the vegetables we ate. For instance there are two big cauldrons with boiling water. That’s where we dipped three different veggie shoots placed in a conical net pouch with a long handle. After the shoots are fully blanched, they are unloaded in a plate and vinaigrette is applied. Wow, very enjoyable to eat the organically grown vegetable shoots.,
Strong Wu also discussed how they produce dried longan the old traditional way by smoking the newly harvested fruits for seven days. The dried longan sells for a high price. A pack that weighs about 300 grams sells for the equivalent of P516 in Philippine money.