Shexian's "Three Treasure"
2004-7-16 14:23:04    
Shexian is located in the north-east of Hebei Province in the Taihang Mountain range, where the climate is moderate with sufficient rainfall, which is favorable place for fruit trees. Chinese prickly ash, persimmon, and walnut are the three most famous.

Shexian's Prickly Ash: Prickly ash is a popular kind of spice which can make dishes more delicious. Shexian is one of the biggest prickly ash growing area. Annual yield is 1 million kilos, ranking the first in China. The quality is just inferior to that from Gansu province, ranking the second in China. There are four kinds of prickly ash in Shexian, each characterized by fresh color, even grains with desirable oily content and fragrant smell. 

Shexian Wwalnut: Shexian walnut has thin skin and plump kernel, which resembles an antique carving. Holding one walnut in each hand and hitting each other, the skin would break easily and kernel would come out in full shape. With oil content of 60%, the walnut is rich in protein, fat, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium and carotene, vitamin A, B, C, etc.. In addition, walnut kernel is used to warm the lung, remove phlegm, moisten the intestines, and nourish the blood.

Shexian's persimmon is noted for its large size and juicy sweet pulp. There are quite a few varieties. Fresh persimmon is crisp and sweet, while the long-kept one is soft and sweeter. When preserved, it is nutrition-concentrated and tastes like maltose. It can be made into persimmon vinegar and persimmon wine, whose quality outcome those from grain. It is also said to cure diseases like dysentery, dry cough, bleeding from the tooth root, anemia etc.

(Photo: http://www.hebeitour.cn/yzwh/mttc/xiangxi.php?id=22
Text: http://www.china-window.com.cn/Hebei_w/hbny/english/produce)

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