Hualien Aboriginal Harvest Festival

Every year from August to September, seas of orange daylily flowers appear in Hualien’s Yuli and Fuli. In Chinese culture, daylilies are the flower for mothers, much like carnations in the Occident.

These orange daylilies are native to Taiwan, but there are actually yellow ones here as well. And they are from Britain. In Chinese, they’re literally called “perfume daylilies” because of their scent.

You guys are really lucky. This here is the most expensive field of daylily flowers in Taiwan.
The most expensive?

This is a sea of top grade daylily flowers. You won’t find a daylily field bigger than this.
I hear they don’t usually bloom as beautifully as these.
They don’t usually bloom.

Daylily farmers actually avoid letting the flower buds bloom, because the buds are worth much more money. The flowers are beautiful, but they only last one day. Hence the name “daylily.”

Miss! A little too short.
You killed another one.
This direction. Good. Yes. That’s a miss. One more time. Oh he killed another one.

Picking daylily buds isn’t as easy as it looks, isn’t it? After they’ve been collected, some are dried and packaged. Today we’re going to get a taste of the fresh ones.

Stir fried, dipped in batter then deep fried, made into Cantonese pastry, soups and salads - daylily buds can be used in a large variety of dishes.
It felt like really tender beans or some kind of vegetable or something. Really tender and really crisp at the same time.

Exactly. What impressed me the most was I think the combination of the texture and the tenderness and also the smell. It really felt like, when you taste, you also can smell the intensity of the flower and you can really almost feel it from your nose to your tongue. It was amazing. I really enjoyed it.
 
花蓮金針花季

每年8到9月,花蓮的最南端,玉里和富里有一片片橘色的金針花綻放,形成金針花海,十分瑰麗。金針花是華人世界中的母親花,就像西方的康乃馨。

橘色的金針花是台灣原生種,沒有味道,但花蓮其實還藏有有淡淡香氣,來自英國,黃色的香水金針。

你們今天來真幸運,這是全台灣最貴的金針花。

最貴的金針花?
這一邊的花海是頂級的金針花海。找不到這麼大片的金針花海。
聽說平常也沒開得這麼漂亮。

平常不開。

一般來說,金針花農不會讓金針花開,因為鮮蕊比較值錢。雖然花朵很漂亮,不過只開一天就謝了,因此也叫做「一日皇后」。

這個方向。好,對。不對。太短了。再一次。喔,他又搞掉一支了。
實際操作比想像中還難。採集後,有的金針花將被乾燥然後包裝,不過今天我和Chris要來品嚐新鮮的。
熱炒金針,金針薯條,港式金針酥,金針湯,涼拌金針,金針花料理很多元。

感覺像很嫩的豆子或其他蔬菜。嫩又脆。

沒錯。讓我最驚艷的是,它的口感和嫩度,還有香氣。感覺吃的時候,可以聞到花的香味,吃的時候也吃得到花香,從鼻子到舌頭都感受得到。很令人驚艷。我很喜歡。