Growing Chinese Mesona in Changbin May Help Develop the Local Industry
Changbin county produces big quantity of rice and camellia oil while the rests have fewer quantity. There were loquats but due to the heavy labor locals started to plant Chinese mesona. Mr. Tseng said their mother grew a few of her own and boiled some to drink. Her neighbors liked the tea a lot so she grew more. They hope the “xiancao water” and “xiancao jelly” will become famous Changbin local desserts. The Chinese mesona is planted in March to April, and can be harvested in 5.5 months. Chinese mesona doesn’t need pesticides but requires drying for a year to get rid of the grassy smell and to increase the gelatin. Making a good cup of xiancao tea takes skills as well. Mr. Tseng said.