PHOTO ESSAYS/Pineapple Hill builds tourism factory

04/23/2015 11:19 AM
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An award-winning farmer has built a tourism factory in a pineapple field of over 700 hectares in Chiayi's Minxiong Township.

Minxiong is one of the main pineapple-producing areas in Taiwan due to its location close to the Tropic of Cancer and its mildly acidic soil.

Red pineapple.
Red pineapple.
In the field of Pineapple Hill, visitors can see various strains of the fruit, including red pineapples and cayenne pineapples Tainung No. 17 and Tainung No. 20.

To prevent the pineapples from damage caused from the strong sun, local farmers cover the fruit with a hat-like piece of plastic.

Minxiong was called "Da-Mou" in Taiwanese in the past, which literally means "to strike the cat."

Although the name is just a combination of words with similar pronunciation to that in the aboriginal language, cats have been incorporated in the brand image by the tourism factory set up by Chen Hsieh Mei-ying, who won a Shennong Award in 2003.

Signs are set up in the field around the tourism factory to allow visitors to learn more about pineapples.

Visitors to the factory, which produces both pineapple cakes and pineapple vinegar, are treated to a piece of the pastry and tea, while enjoying the view of the open field in southern Taiwan.

(By Chiang Chun-liang and Kay Liu)

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