Osmanthus Flower Estate

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Tourists can roam around the Osmanthus forest and feast on Osmanthus dishes.
Located in Shiding, an old tea area in Taiwan, Osmanthus Farm is more than 1,000 pings in size and is situated at more than 300 meters in altitude. The environment is quiet and elegant. The owner of the farm, Chen Chih-Ching, is a third-generation tea farmer. His family has grown tea trees and Osmanthus trees since his grandfather's time. In the past, Osmanthus trees were planted beside the tea farm to serve as aromatizers to roast tea leaves. Every 100 kilograms of tea would go with about 25 kilograms of Osmanthus. After the eighth lunar month every year, villagers pick Osmanthus under the trees. A lot of locals share this memory.
Chen Chih-Ching said that when his grandfather grew tea, mainly Paochong Tea, it was the prime time of the tea industry in Taiwan. During his father's generation, local young people moved away. It was difficult to hire tea-picking workers and wages were high. In addition, there were few channels to sell tea, resulting in the tea industry somewhat diminishing.
Chen Chih-Ching also worked in the city away from home when he was young. At the age of 35, as the Farmers' Association was promoting and assisting the "one township, one feature" program, he decided to return to Shiding. As he used to manage a restaurant in Taipei, Chen Chih-Ching had sufficient experience in this area. He is the first to serve Osmanthus dishes in Shiding, attracting visitors to enjoy delicious dishes at the Osmanthus Farm.

Osmanthus fragrans are the most fragrant while fragrant olives the most beautiful.
The Farm grows more than 2,000 Osmanthus trees, some of which are one hundred years old. There are six to seven kinds of Osmanthus trees, the majority of which are Osmanthus fragrans and sweet Osmanthus Nakai. The blossoms of Osmanthus fragrans are orange-yellow in color. They have a strong flowery scent. The blossoms of Sweet Osmanthus Nakai are yellowish-white. There are also fragrant olives, with orange-red, super dense blossoms. Osmanthus look almost ornamental. Japanese fragrant Osmanthus is the most special. The blossoms are large and fragrant.
The blossoming season falls between the Tomb Sweeping Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival and reached its prime in the eighth lunar month. Chen Chih-Ching said that picking Osmanthus blossoms is hard work. Farmers have to climb up the old Osmanthus trees to pick the flowers. Only one kilogram of small flowers are collected during a whole day labor. It also depends on the weather. Blossoms fall down if it rains, and farmers have to wait for two more weeks to pick the blossoms after it gets cooler. The flowers can only be preserved for 3 to 4 days after being picked, otherwise they lose their fragrance.

茶鄉桂花農園以桂花為特色。 天氣好時可在戶外品茗。
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茶鄉桂花農園主人陳智清。 遊客喜愛穿梭桂花隧道。
桂花香蹄使用石碇養殖的黑毛豬。 桂花糖藕吃得到桂花釀的滋味。 桂花釀與包種茶。
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