The Sweet, Aromatic and Luscious Taste of Guosing Strawberries (Local Specialties)
By TTNews Reporter Fan Kang-Wu
NANTOU, TAIWAN (TTNews) – The sweet, alluring and aromatic taste of strawberries makes it one of the most popular seasonal fruits in the winter in Taiwan. While passing through Provincial Highway No.14 near Fugui region, travelers can clearly see rows and rows of the strawberry gardens on the both sides of road. From the end of December until March the following year is the busiest time of the year in Guosing.
In each strawberry garden, people can the hardworking strawberry farmers busy weeding, watering, covering up the strawberry plants with tarps, etc. These efforts are accumulated bit by bit, waiting for the moment of harvesting. In fact, Guosing Township is considered to be the largest strawberry plantation area in Nantou, and the yield is also second only to Dahu region in Miaoli County. During the season of ripening, tourists will be able to experience the fun of strawberry picking and savour the freshest and sweetest strawberries.
Strawberry is one of the most popular seasonal fruits during the wintertime. The strawberry plantation in Guosing Township is quite famous as well. Due to its bright red color and excellent quality, Guosing’s strawberry production has been widely praised by many tourists. In fact, the history of strawberry plantation in Guosing has more than 20~30 years. Because of the advantage of excellent climate and soil conditions, these factors make the local strawberries sweet and big enough, which is also the best gifting option for the duration of Chinese New Year.
Those strawberry gardens in Guosing are subject to inspection before opening up for the public visit in order to attach importance to health and safety matters. Apart from picking strawberries, Fugui Multi-functional Recreation Centre will host special exhibitions from time to time.