My trip to Taiwan introduced me to the concept of ecological farms, one in Nantou County and the other in Yi-Lan County. By the time we reached our hotel, Tai-Yi Red Maple Resort, it was already quite late (and very cold!). I so wanted to go strawberry picking but that was not to be. It was at Tai-Yi Red Maple Resort that I first encountered hot springs in the bathrooms.
After the chilly weather, it was nice to come ‘home’ to some delicious food (I found that travelling and cold weather made me hungry most of the time). In a series of firsts, this is where I ate flowers, as you can see in the photos below. The first photo shows the flowers wrapped in a seaweed wrap (similar to what we see in the sushi shops, except that this was stuffed with edible flowers, sprouts and for some reason it was frozen. After unwrapping the plastic from the cone, the idea was to quickly gulp it down otherwise the cream would start to melt.
A quick note. This restaurant served Halal food. The fruits and vegetables were freshly picked from the Tai-Yi Ecological Leisure Farm.
In between sips of hot tea, a sumptuous seafood cuisine awaited. The hotpots kept me warm. I couldn’t imagine food getting healthier than this.
The Next day!
The guide, Chris, took us around the farm. I couldn’t believe the diversity of flowers and trees present on the farm. He showed us which flowers were the poisonous ones and which ones were decorative. This deserves a blog post in itself. But I couldn’t resist an explanation to the photo taken of me below.
The flowers I am viewing in the photo looked like the ones I had eaten the previous day. When I asked out loud, someone in the group said, ‘yes.’ Maybe it was a joke, maybe it wasn’t. That’s when I bent to pluck the flower and eat, a microsecond before Chris, the tour guide on the far right advised not to! Aaaah well!
And here questions of type such if honestly strike me not much as I wrote everything higher. It is visible you simply you don’t want to read all this. As my parrot does.