Foxtail millet (粟(小米)) Traditional crops of Taiwanese aborigines
Seasonal Fresh October~November
Origin Taitung City、Lanyu Township、Yanping Township、Beinan Township、Haiduan Township、Taimali Township、Jinfeng Township、Dawu Township、Daren Township
Taitung County has the biggest area for foxtail millet cultivation in Taiwan. Other areas include Pingtung, Kaohsiung, Yilan and Taoyuan. In order to solve the issues of mix breeds and production decline, Taitung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station spent ten years developing a new breed called "Taitung No. 9" millet. This breed yields more crops, matures early, and resists pests and diseases well. It also adapts especially well to Taitung's mid- and low-altitude drylands environment. It grows fast and can be harvested earlier than the current millet, which lowers the impact on other crops. On the other hand, it also increases farmers’ incomes.