9 September 2017

Baihe: Lotus and Water Lilies Farms

I love lotuses and water lilies, so my husband took me to Baihe, which is well known for planting lotus. Baihe produces 2/3 of all lotus seeds in Taiwan. Every summer is held Lotus Festival to promote tourism industry. The other place which organize this festival is Taoyuan, which is the second larger producer of lotus in country. 

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Lotus has a very long history of being cultivated for edible seeds - about 3000 years. Their seeds can be viable for many years. The oldest lotus was plant from 1300 years old seed found in China.
Distribution of this plant ranges from central and northern India, through northern Indochina and East Asia. Due to human translocation now those species can be seen more worldwide.

The roots of Lotus are planted in the soil of rivers or ponds, the leaves are floating on the water or grow much above it. Flowers are not difficult to see, they rise several centimeters above the leaves. Lotus usually grows up to 150 cm height and 3 meters wide. The leaves can be 60 cm wide and the flowers about 20 cm.



lotus water lilies taiwan tainan beihe lotus park


lotus water lilies taiwan tainan beihe lotus park




Lotus rhizomes are consumed as vegetables in Asian countries. Usually cooked or fried, in soup, soaked in syrup or pickled in vinegar. They contains high amount of starch without characteristic taste or odor.
Lotus seeds are processed into moon cakes, noodles and food in form of paste, fermented milk, rice wine, ice creams etc.. You can also find lotus seed tea. 

In Buddhism lotus represent purity of the body, speech and mind. According to the legend Gautama Buddha was born with ability to make lotus flowers bloom anywhere he step. 
In Christianity St. Thomas Cross featured lotus at the base of the cross. In literature lotus represents beauty, elegance, perfection and grace.



lotus water lilies taiwan tainan beihe lotus park

lotus water lilies taiwan tainan beihe lotus park


Water lilies ponds are also awesome with a few different colors like purple, pink, yellow or white. In Poland have only 2 kind of wild growing water lilies, with white and yellow blossom. I can really say flowers here are more amazing and have huge variety. 
You can also see giant water lily here. This kind of flowers originally comes from Amazon region. That floating leaves are strong enough for kids to sit on them. You can pay about 50NTD to take pictures sitting on giant leaves.

Water lilies also have medical use. Water lilies works antiseptic, can cure diarrhea and dysentery. They can be used to treat kidney pain and sore throat. 
Flowers have calming and sedative effect upon the nervous system and are useful to treat insomnia, anxiety and similar disorders.  

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Address:
Lotus Park, Baihe District, Tainan City, 732

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