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Expansive Fields of Daylilies and Sulfite-free Processing TTDARES and ETJSC Jointly Hold “Daylily Taitung No. 7 Cultivation Management and Water-saving Irrigation Techniques Demonstration Event”

2021-05-03

The Taitung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (TTDARES) and the Eastern Taiwan Joint Services Center (ETJSC), both subsidiaries of the Executive Yuan, jointly held the Daylily Taitung No. 7 Cultivation Management and Water-saving Irrigation Techniques Demonstration Event on April 28 at the Tianshan Farm of grower Zhang Jia-chang in Zhiben in order to promote both daylilies (a crop particular to the region) and tourism. Daylily Taitung No. 7 is a flatland variety that was first bred in 2012 by the TTDARES, known for its orange-yellow petals and lightly colored anthers. Moreover, they do not need to be treated with sulfite (a common practice) to be dried out and made ready for consumption. Furthermore, their beauty in the fields has turned them into a major tourist attraction. The fields at the Tianshan Farm, Taitung’s latest daylily secret spot, bloom magnificently each year in May and June, which is a perfect prelude to the bloom season in the mountains of Taimali in July, August, and September, extending the overall season during which people may view the flowers. So come and see them, take pictures, check in on social media, and enjoy some tasty daylily delicacies!

 

TTDARES Director Chen Hsin-yen hosts the event. ETJSC Executive Director Hong Zong-kai promotes daylily field tourism and food made with daylilies. Associate researcher Xue Ming-tong discusses Daylily Taitung No. 7 cultivation management and general water-saving irrigation techniques for vegetables.     

Farmer Zhang Jia-chang shares his experiences with growing Daylily Taitung No. 7. Attendees listening and sharing at the farm. Attendees were able to try out some food made with Daylily Taitung No. 7.