Last night's stay was at a traditional house which is built in a U shape where 3 sides were rooms, the opening leads into the centre/front yard where the family would hang out.
Today's breakfast included freshly made omlette rolls, various sandwiches, green onion pan cakes and potato smileys!
I got to the golden diamond pineapple hills before 7 AM, and the farmer was already there ready to take us through his daily routine.
Meet Mr. Wang. Owner of the pineapple farm. He owns around a thousand hectare of land just for the pineapples!
This is the "Calcium Carbide" (電石). this is used as a catalyst to bring the pineapples up to speed at blossoming. The stone is tossed into the water. it'll produce massive amount of gas. the liquid is highly flammable! the stone will dissolve complete in the water before being sprayed to the heart of the pineapple stem.
the water boils when the Calcium carbide is thrown in. the water is warm and highly flammable. back in the really old days this chemical reaction was used to generate electricity or used as lamps using tiny amount of the chemical.
the completely dissolved solution is moved into the sprayer. toss in a few more pieces of the Calcium carbide then sealed shut. The addition of more Calcium carbide is to generate pressure using the gas in order to work the sprayer without any electrical mechanisms. wisdom from the past.
the solution being poured into the tin can.
Mr. Wang demonstrating how the sprayer works. Since pineapple belongs in the cactus family, it sleeps in the day, the pores only open and continue to grow at night. the Calcium carbide controls the pace so it can be harvested all year.
steps to fertilizing the pineapples.
1. carry the basket of fertilizers (glad it did not smell)
2. insert the funnel in between the pineapples
3. put a spoon full of fertilizer...
4. pull out the funnel and it should be covered by the soil.
Mr. Wang demonstrates how a baby pineapple is planted.
1. holes are pre-cut on the black plastic covers.
2. drill a hole, pull it towards you.
3. stick in the pineapple root, let go....
4. step around the planted area to make sure the pineapple is firmly in place.
*pineapple will grow at a slower pace if it was planted loosely.
a pineapple plant can only be harvested twice because the fruit will only get smaller each time. And must trim off the leaves because it would take too much of the nutrients from the fruit.
Following are the different growing stages of the pineapples :)
and finally, lunch time! Taiwan bento!
Surprise visit from Mr. Wang, he came with pineapples for us to try!
it was back to work on the hill after lunch,