[ 新竹 ] Mushroom Wonderland

Mushroom picking in Hsinchu.
For some strange but awesome reason, our regular new year holiday and our Chinese new year holiday are pretty long this year. We had 4 days off for the regular new year and 9 days off for Chinese new year! For the first new year holiday, we spent  1 day visiting our relative in Hsinchu (mid-western part of Taiwan) and went for some mushroom picking and orange+tangerine picking. Small farms like this is now…

are quite rare these days in Taiwan, unless what they’re farming is something very unique and can’t be grown elsewhere (eg. China). Although I don’t think the mushroom that we were picking were that unique, I suppose there must still be market out there for this.

 


Growing mushrooms isn’t an easy task and it’s seasonal too! If the temperature goes above 20C, they might even need to turn the air-conditioner on!


The place needs to be dark and the temperature needes to be below 20 degree Celcius.


Picking mushroom involves twisting not just the cap but also the stem so that the whole thing swirls out.


A Triplet!!

 

Somehow this reminds me outbursts of cell growth seen in textbooks and on educational programs or channels.

Baskets full of mushrooms!


These are the largest and fatest chickens I have ever seen!!!


Hand-made brooms!

 


We went to a nearby mountain valley to pick oranges and tangerines. Apparently people can rent a mountain or hill full of orange or tangerine trees for as little as 10,000 TWD. Of course then you’ll have to do your own harvest work, which is much more diffcult and energy-consuming than you could imagine.


[ 流浪豬 ]
Although the owner of the orange/tangerine place also has a large pig farm of 1,000 pigs, he has a small piggy pet. It wa given to him because the previous owner didn’t want to take care of it anymore as soon as she learned the pig will actually grow quite big later on (like the ones you know). So this few-months-old pig will follow its new owners around and act just like a dog or a cat.

That evening, we had our semi-big-family dinner at a fisherman’s wharf in Nanliao (南寮). Like many fisherman’s wharf in Taiwan, you can buy fresh and alive seafood in the market on the ground floor and take it to the restaurants upstairs or around the market to ask them to cook those. So half of the items on te table, we bought from the market downstairs. This might not look like a clean place to eat but restaurants by these fish markets are just like this.
Advertisements

Leave a Message

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s